To date, nearly every Republican Senator who voted to convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment process has either been censored by his Republican voters or will be censored in the near future.
On Saturday, the U.S. Senate voted to acquit Trump for instigating the January 6 uprising on Capitol Hill. The 57-43 votes for the conviction did not reach the two-thirds majority required in the upper chamber.
All fifty Democratic senators who voted for the condemnation included seven GOP senators:
Susan Collins from Maine Mitt Romney from Utah Bill Cassidy from Louisiana Richard Burr from North Carolina Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania Ben Sasse from Nebraska and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska.
All have either been censored or are censored at home by at least one county republican committee, with the exception of Murkowski, who is up for re-election until 2022.
The seven senators who went against the party line and charged Donald Trump are now facing very strong backlash and criticism for their actions. Http://t.co/ERS8SYq7Wq
– The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) February 14, 2021
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Republicans making their feelings known
The seven senators who voted for the condemnation join several of their colleagues in the House of Representatives who not only face unhappy voters at home, but in some cases have primary challengers as early as 2022 to indict their votes.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is one of the most well-known members of the House of Representatives facing a backlash that includes a major antagonist. Cheney was also called on by his colleague Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who went to Wyoming to support voters who want to replace them in Congress.
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In addition to Cheney, the representative from South Carolina, Tom Rice, was censored at home.
Not only did Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) take the heat away from voters at home to raise his voice, but several members of his own family have called him an “embarrassment”.
MP Adam Kinzinger received a damning letter from family members after demanding Trump’s removal https://t.co/bPSZEhszuO
– Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 16, 2021
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Pro-impeachment senators face backlash
The Republican Parties of Louisiana and North Carolina wasted no time blowing up Bill Cassidy and Richard Burr, respectively, according to a report by Vox.
“The Louisiana Republican Party Executive Committee has unanimously voted to reprimand Senator Bill Cassidy for his vote today to convict former President Donald J. Trump of impeachment.”
Our constitution and our country are more important than any other person. I voted to condemn President Trump for being guilty. pic.twitter.com/ute0xPc4BH
– U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (@SenBillCassidy) February 13, 2021
The feeling in North Carolina was essentially the same. In a statement by NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley, he said that Burr’s vote was “shocking and disappointing”.
“The Republicans of North Carolina sent Senator Burr to the United States Senate to uphold the Constitution, and today’s vote to convict in a process he ruled unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing.”
Statement from Chairman @WhatleyNCGOP on Senator Burr’s impeachment vote. #ncpol #ncsen https://t.co/NUxhDkmm5N
– NCGOP (@NCGOP) February 13, 2021
Burr and Senator Pat Toomey have previously announced that neither would seek re-election, which may have given both of them a feeling of leeway when it came to pleasing or displeasing voters.
Dave Ball, chairman of the Republican Party of Washington County, Pennsylvania, told Toomey, “For us his political career in this state is over if he tried to run again. Its legacy is irreparably tarnished. “
Sasse has been censored by his Nebraska Republicans for “rejecting the legitimate concerns of the Nebraska Secretary of State and a large majority of Republican voters over allegations of fraud in the November presidential election.”
In response, Sasse released a rather condescending video to the Nebraska Republicans explaining to them what was “conservative” and what was not.
In Maine, rebuke orders are examined.
In Utah, Republican voters are handing out a petition online censoring Mitt Romney despite the state GOP defending “diversity of thought”.
IMPEACHMENT BACKLASH: The fallout for Republican Senators who voted to condemn Trump continues. Senator Bill Cassidy is being censored by Louisiana’s GOP as he stands by the move. @rachelvscott reports that Trump is making his first public appearance since the acquittal. https://t.co/pMdBVRYfLh pic.twitter.com/ppYGcGvoie
– World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) February 16, 2021
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Will voters hold them accountable when they vote?
There are several things that could get senators excited about their persuasion vote.
Of these seven, only Lisa Murkowski from Alaska is up for re-election. Burr and Toomey are retiring and Romney is in the middle of his first term.
The rest were simply re-elected.
Another interesting factor is two senators who were not censored by their own voters – the two Republicans who challenged the electoral college votes.
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) were blamed for the uprising by Democratic Senators, and many called for both of them to resign or to be expelled.
And what is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the Gang of 7 is that after Burr’s announcement of his resignation, a position will become vacant in one of the seats in the North Carolina Senate.
Former Rep Mark Walker threw his hat in the ring for 2022, but another name is floating around, that of Lara Trump.
The North Carolina native and wife of Eric Trump recently received a huge boost from Lindsey Graham, whom she described as the “biggest impeachment winner.”
“The biggest winner I think of this whole impeachment process is Lara Trump,” said Graham. @LaraLeaTrump can now be considered a Senate contender for 2022 after @SenatorBurr condemned Trump in the #ImpeachmentTrial, Senator @LindseyGrahamSC said. https://t.co/4gS2OqzNho
– The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) February 16, 2021
As Americans grow tired of sending people to Washington who don’t reflect their desires, the gang of 7 and those like them are possibly the last of a dying race.