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Nearly Every Senator Who Voted To Convict Trump Faces Censure Or Has Been Censured

As of today, nearly every Republican Senator who voted to convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment conviction trial has either been censured by their Republican voters or faces censure in the near future.

On Saturday, the U.S. Senate voted to acquit Trump on the charge that he incited the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot. The 57-43 vote to convict failed to reach the two-thirds majority required in the upper chamber.

Joining all fifty Democrat Senators who voted to convict were seven GOP Senators:

  • Susan Collins of Maine
  • Mitt Romney of Utah
  • Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
  • Richard Burr of North Carolina
  • Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
  • Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and
  • Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

All have either been censured or are facing censure at home by at least one county Republican committee, save for Murkowski, who is up for re-election in 2022, so far.

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Republicans Making Their Feelings Known

The seven Senators who voted to convict join several of their colleagues in the House who also are facing not just unhappy voters at home, but in some cases, already have primary challengers in 2022 for their votes to impeach.

One of the most high profile House members to face backlash which includes a primary challenger is Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). Cheney was also called out by fellow Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) , who went to Wyoming to support constituents who want to replace her in Congress.

In the House, in addition to Cheney, South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice was also censured at home.

Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has not only taken heat at home from constituents for his vote to impeach, but several members of his own family have called him an ’embarrassment.’

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Pro-Impeachment Senators All Facing Backlash

According to a report from Vox, the Republican Parties of Louisiana and North Carolina wasted no time in blasting Bill Cassidy and Richard Burr, respectively. 

“The Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Louisiana has unanimously voted to censure Senator Bill Cassidy for his vote cast earlier today to convict former President Donald J. Trump on the impeachment charge.”

The feeling in North Carolina was essentially the same. In a statement issued by NCGOP Chair Michael Whatley, he stated that Burr’s vote was “shocking and disappointing.”

“North Carolina Republicans sent Senator Burr to the United States Senate to uphold the Constitution and his vote today to convict in a trial that he declared unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing.” 

Burr and Senator Pat Toomey have already announced that neither would be seeking re-election, which perhaps might have given both the feeling of having a bit of wiggle room when it came to pleasing or displeasing constituents.

Washington County Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Dave Ball stated of Toomey that “As far as we’re concerned, his political career is over in this state, even if he were to try to run again. His legacy is tarnished beyond repair.”

Sasse was censured by his fellow Nebraska Republicans for what they cited as “dismissing the legitimate concerns of Nebraska’s Secretary of State, and a huge majority of Republican voters regarding allegations of fraud in November’s presidential election.”

In response, Sasse released a rather condescending video to Nebraska Republicans explaining to them what was “conservative” and what was not.

In Maine, censure resolutions are being considered.

In Utah, Republican voters are circulating a petition online calling to censure Mitt Romney, though that state GOP has defended ‘diversity of thought.’

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Will Voters Hold Them Accountable At The Ballot?

There are several things that might make Senators taking heat for their conviction vote interesting.

Of these seven, only Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is up for re-election. Burr and Toomey are retiring, and Romney is in the middle of his first term.

The rest were all just re-elected. 

Another interesting factor is  two Senators who have not been censured 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 by Democrat Senators for the riot and there were calls by many for both to resign or be expelled

And in what might the most intriguing aspect of the “Gang of 7,” is that in the wake of Burr’s retirement announcement, there will be a vacancy in one of North Carolina’s Senate seats.

Former Representative Mark Walker has thrown his hat into the ring for 2022, but another name is floating around, that of Lara Trump.

The North Carolina native and wife of Eric Trump recently got a huge boost from Lindsey Graham, who described her as the “biggest winner of the impeachment trial.”

As Americans get more and more tired of sending people to Washington who do not reflect their wishes, the Gang of 7 and those like them may just be the last of a dying breed. 

Becky Noble

Becky Noble, a political blogger and writer for over 10 years, lives by the motto, “Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.” Her work has appeared on PolitiChicks, TheBlackSphere, NewsNinja2012.com, Examiner.com, and more. Becky is currently a Journalism student in her senior year at Regent University.

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  • they forgot to add mitch the switch and pence in there. of all of those turncoats, don't elect them ever again. they will do the same thing, over and over. they should join the dems, because they are of no use as repubs.

  • I think that everyone who is (upset) with the Benedict Arnolds needs to send $45 to whoever primaries them. More if you can afford it, but the $45 increments will surely make an impression.
    I, personally, started my first out-of-state series of contributions on Ground Hog Day this year.

  • Chingus RINO Romney and PINCHA Collins are the only two LIBERAL RINOS that have NOT been censured yet . The Conservatives in Maine and Utah should tell the GOP there , that they will NOT donate ANY money to the Republican Party until they are censured !!! We have got to get rid of ALL the RINOS and GUTLESS Republicans before the TRUE Conservative Republican Party can represent us . Call your GOP representatives and DEMAND RINOS Collins and Romney at least get Censured !!!

  • Can't Get No Satisfaction!
    54% Say Trump Should Leave GOP But Majority Would Still Vote for Him in 2024 Primary
    According to recent polls, 54 percent of registered voters believe Trump should no longer play any sort of role in the GOP. Within that number, 50 percent of men and 57 percent of women agreed that Trump should shy away from the Republican party.

    Democrats overwhelmingly supported the idea of Trump no longer being involved with the GOP by 77 percent. Only 17 percent of Republicans polled agreed with the concept.

    Should Trump make another run for the White House, 53 percent of registered voters said they would vote for him over other high-profile Republicans. Former Vice President Mike Pence came in second place with only 12 percent of support. Other Republicans on the poll's list of choices included Utah Senator Mitt Romney, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

  • Trump has proven to the world that he knows what he is doing as far as helping America and it people both Democrat and Republican in improving their lives . He has out smarted the proved to the world and the Democrats that their accusations were nothing but made up lies made up by the Corrupt lying Democrats and their lying news media's . The Democrats can't stand to see that Trump is smarter than them and that he is capable of destroying all their under the table business deals they have had all these years right under our stupid noses . Since Biden has been in office a lot of the die hard Democrats are starting to see the truth about his true feelings. I hope it's not to late.

  • These traitors to the Republicans should resign. They are untrustworthy. Don't we have enough to watch with the low life Dems. Why's should we have to watch these back stabbing politicians too . Consider this your pick slip . Your Fired. If it were in my power I would strip you all of the gold standard benefits. You do not deserve one more dime in my opinion

  • True, we don’t want them, But not to worry even if they not be taken in by the Dems, they can surely be members of Antifa or BLM

  • "That's a capital "D" to you, sir or madam. Go in peace, and may the light of Truth and Reason one day penetrate your adamantine pate."

    The quotation above, exactly as I wrote it, required examination by the Moderator(s) before it could be posted. Perhaps some of the words had too many syllables. Other than that, I can find no offense.

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