The Louisiana Republican Party on Saturday censured Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) for voting to convict former President Donald Trump of incitement throughout the shut of Trump’s second impeachment trial earlier within the day.
The state occasion’s government committee voted unanimously to censure Cassidy, who gained reelection in November, hours after the Senate voted to acquit Trump. Though a majority of senators (57) voted to convict the previous president, conviction required a two-thirds majority.
“We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the vote today by Sen. Cassidy to convict former President Trump,” the Louisiana GOP stated in a statement on Facebook. “Fortunately, clearer heads prevailed and President Trump has been acquitted of the impeachment charge filed against him.”
Cassidy was one among seven GOP senators, together with Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, to affix all 50 Democratic senators in voting to convict Trump for inciting the lethal insurrectionist assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
“The Constitution in our country is more important than any one person,” Cassidy stated in a quick assertion Saturday. “I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty.”
Last month, Cassidy joined 44 different GOP senators in voting to dismiss the trial, claiming it lacked constitutional advantage as a result of Trump is not president. But on Tuesday, he flipped his place and joined Democrats and 4 different Republicans in declaring the trial constitutional and voting to proceed with it.
Louisiana’s GOP shortly rebuked Cassidy for doing so, stating the occasion was “profoundly disappointed” in his vote to maneuver ahead with the trial.
Several Republican lawmakers have confronted backlash of their residence states for condemning Trump’s function in fomenting the Capitol riot. At least three county GOP committees in Nebraska have voted to censure Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.), a frequent Trump critic and one of many seven Republican senators who voted to convict him Saturday.
The Wyoming Republican Party censured Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the third-ranking GOP member of the House, earlier this month for voting to question Trump. Though she has confronted calls from some to step down as chair of the House Republican Conference, House GOP members voted 145-61 earlier this month to permit her to stay in her management function.
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