The Ohio Republican Party on Friday voted to censure U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) and known as for his resignation over his vote earlier this yr to question former President Donald Trump.
While the vote to censure was practically unanimous, the measure calling for Gonzalez to resign handed by a easy majority, Ohio’s Statehouse News Bureau reports.
In making an attempt to justify the celebration’s motion, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Paduchik known as Trump’s second impeachment “an unconstitutional, politically motivated process that served no purpose.”
Gonzalez and 9 different House Republicans voted to question Trump following the lethal Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters.
“The President of the United States helped organize and incite a mob that attacked the United States Congress in an attempt to prevent us from completing our solemn duties,” Gonzalez said at the time, explaining his vote.
“In doing so, five people have died — including a Capitol Police Officer — many more have been injured, and our democracy has been shaken,” he added. “During the attack itself, the President abandoned his post while many members asked for help, thus further endangering all present. These are fundamental threats not just to people’s lives but to the very foundation of our Republic.”
In February, the Wyoming Republican Party equally censured Rep. Liz Cheney, the third highest-ranking House Republican, who additionally voted to question Trump. Cheney responded by standing her floor.
“People have been lied to,” she advised Fox News on the time. “The extent to which the president, President Trump, for months leading up to Jan. 6 spread the notion that the election had been stolen or that the election was rigged ― was a lie.”
“We’ve never seen that kind of assault by the president of the United States on another branch of government,” she continued. “This is not something we can simply look past or pretend didn’t happen or try to move on. We’ve got to make sure this never happens again.”
Gonzalez’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark for this story.