Nearly all of the seven Republican senators who voted to impeach Donald Trump are facing strong condemnation from their home states, with at least six facing or having already received official censures from their local GOP.
The Republican Party of Louisiana’s leadership voted on Saturday to censure Bill Cassidy on the same day as the impeachment ended.
Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania has also been censured by GOP leaders in counties across the state, one of which called the senator’s impeachment vote “a purely self-serving vindictive and punitive action by those with establishment political objectives.”
The North Carolina Republican Party is holding a vote Monday to decide whether or not to censure Richard Burr. The group condemned Burr’s vote on Saturday night.
“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,” North Carolina GOP Chairman Michael Whatley said.
The Maine Republican Party could vote by month’s end to censure Susan Collins over her vote.
The state party issued no statement after the senator’s vote, but Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas told party members in a Saturday email that “many of you are upset after what happened today as are we” and “to be prepared for an emergency state committee meeting in the near future” to discuss the Collins matter.
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is the lone Senator who voted to convict Trump, who is also facing a re-election campaign next year. While she is acutely aware, she also stands by her vote.
In an interview with Politico, Murkowski said, “If I can’t say what I believe that our president should stand for, then why should I ask Alaskans to stand with me?” Later adding, “This was consequential on many levels, but I cannot allow the significance of my vote, to be devalued by whether or not I feel that this is helpful for my political ambitions.”
A petition to censure Utah Senator Mitt Romney slams the senator for “embarrassing the state of Utah” and accuses him of being “an agent for the Establishment Deep State.”
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse was already facing censure from his state’s Republican Party before his impeachment vote for his criticisms and condemnation of Trump.
Sasse responded to that by accusing the party of having double standards.
“If that president were a Democrat, we both know how you’d respond. But, because he had ‘Republican’ behind his name, you’re defending him,” Sasse said. “Something has definitely changed over the last four years … but it’s not me.”
Ultimately the Senate failed to convict Trump for inciting an insurrection, but these seven senators put their country before their party and individual political careers and voted their conscience.