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Some Republicans who gave up the Republican Party in support of President Trump’s historic second impeachment resolution face the warmth of local Republicans for how they voted.
More than a year ago, all Republicans in parliament voted against the president’s first impeachment. On Wednesday, 10 GOP members joined all Democrats for Trump’s impeachment, some of whom were the only member of the state delegation to vote that way.
Representatives Liz Cheney (Wyatt), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Jaime Herrera Boitler (Washington), John Katko (New York), Adam Kinzinger (Illinois), Peter Mayer (Michigan), Dan Newhouse (Washington), Tom Rice (SC) , Fred Upton (Michigan) and David Valadao (California) voted for impeachment.
The choice to secede from the party’s majority comes with the risk that these members will face a political setback for their votes and lose all support for their country’s Republican Party in the next election.
Cheney, No. 3 in the Republican leadership of the House as chairman of the GOP conference, received remarks from the Republican Party in Wyoming and its colleagues in Congress.
Homeland Freedom House members circulated a petition Wednesday for a forced vote on a resolution calling for Cheney to step down. The resolution said Cheney’s position “led to a bad reputation and controversy”.
The Wyoming GP issued an extensive statement early Thursday celebrating Cheney. The party claims to have received harsh comments from its members, saying: “Our phone keeps ringing, our email is filling up and our website has seen more traffic than ever before.”
These comments accused Cheney of catching up with the “tour elite” and the “leftists”.
The organization said, “We as a party respect our elected officials and assume that they will respect and represent their constituents. We receive the message clearly and distinctly that what happened yesterday is a true parody of Wyoming and the country.”
Cheney said her vote for impeachment was conscience.
She said: “The president could intervene immediately and forcibly to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by the president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
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Katko and Rice were also hit by conservative groups in their country. So far, however, these organizations have not commented on whether they will continue to support lawmakers until the end of their term.
The New York State Conservative Party said the organization was “very disappointed” by Katko’s impeachment vote.
The organization said: “We consider his actions uninformed. It will do nothing to end the national division and will probably deepen it.”
The Conservative Party is very disappointed with Conn. John Catko’s intention to vote in favor of impeachment. We consider his actions uninformed. This will do nothing to end the national division and will probably deepen it.
– New York Conservative Party (@cpnys) January 13, 2021
Katko, who was the first Republican to say he would vote for impeachment, said as a former federal prosecutor that he “must follow the law and the facts.”
He said,, “Allowing the President of the United States to incite this attack without consequences is a direct threat to the future of our democracy. For this reason, I cannot sit idly by.”
South Carolina GOP chairman Drew Makisik called the impeachment a “political trick” and hit Rice for the vote in his favor.
“Democrats have been looking for some excuse to get rid of President Trump since he stepped into the Oval Office,” Makisik said in a statement Wednesday. “We completely disagree with this sham, and to say I’m very disappointed with Congressman Tom Rice would be an understatement.”
Rice strongly criticized Trump’s response to the Capitol riots, saying his inability to withdraw the rebels, visit the wounded or the families of those killed in the week after the siege, prompted him to vote for impeachment.
He said: “I have supported this president for nine years. I campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But this complete failure is unforgivable.”
Members say critics of their vote Wednesday also came from friends and family.
Kinzinger told the Chicago Sun Times that he could lose a close relationship because of his vote to impeach Trump.
He said: “I have heard from friends who no longer want to be friends with me. I have had family members who are slightly more distant relatives, sign a petition denying me, quoting Bible verses and that I have been part of the devil’s army. It actually strengthened me because I believe we are fighting a lot of misinformation where even people who are Christians have been misled. ”