To date, almost every Republican Senator who voted to convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment process has either been censored by his Republican voters or will be censored in the near future.
On Saturday, the US Senate voted to acquit Trump for instigating the January 6 uprising on Capitol Hill. The 57-43 votes for the conviction did not reach the two-thirds majority required in the upper chamber.
All fifty Democratic senators who voted for the condemnation included seven GOP senators:
Susan Collins from Maine
Mitt Romney from Utah
Bill Cassidy from Louisiana
Richard Burr from North Carolina
Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania
Ben Sasse from Nebraska and
Lisa Murkowski from Alaska.
All have either been censored or are being censored at home by at least one county republican committee, with the exception of Murkowski, who is up for re-election until 2022.
The seven senators who voted against the party line and voted against Donald Trump are now facing very strong backlash and criticism for their actions. Http://t.co/ERS8SYq7Wq
– The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) February 14, 2021
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Republicans making their feelings known
The seven senators who voted for the condemnation join several of their colleagues in the House of Representatives who not only face unhappy voters at home, but in some cases have primary challengers as early as 2022 to indict their votes.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is one of the most recognizable members of the House facing a backlash that includes a major antagonist. Cheney was also called on by his colleague Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who went to Wyoming to support voters who want to replace them in Congress.
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In addition to Cheney, the representative from South Carolina, Tom Rice, was censored at home.
Not only did Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) take the heat away from voters at home to raise his voice, but several members of his own family have called him an "embarrassment".
MP Adam Kinzinger received a damning letter from family members after asking for Trump to be removed: https://t.co/bPSZEhszuO
– Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 16, 2021
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Pro-impeachment senators face backlash
The Republican Parties of Louisiana and North Carolina wasted no time blowing up Bill Cassidy and Richard Burr, respectively, according to a report by Vox.
"The Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Louisiana unanimously voted to reprimand Senator Bill Cassidy for his vote today to convict former President Donald J. Trump of impeachment."
Our constitution and our country are more important than any other person. I voted to condemn President Trump for being guilty. pic.twitter.com/ute0xPc4BH
– U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@ SenBillCassidy) February 13, 2021
The feeling in North Carolina was essentially the same. In a statement by NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley, he said Burr's vote was "shocking and disappointing".
"The North Carolina Republicans sent Senator Burr to the United States Senate to uphold the Constitution, and today's vote to convict in a process he ruled unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing."
Statement by Chairman @WhatleyNCGOP on Senator Burr's impeachment vote. #ncpol #ncsen https://t.co/NUxhDkmm5N
– NCGOP (@NCGOP) February 13, 2021
Burr and Senator Pat Toomey have already announced that neither would seek re-election, which may have given both of them a feeling of leeway to please or displease voters.
Dave Ball, leader of the Republican Party of Washington County, Pennsylvania, told Toomey, "For us, his political career in this state is over if he tried to run again." Its legacy is irreparably tarnished. "
Sasse has been censored by his Nebraska compatriots for "rejecting the legitimate concerns of the Nebraska Secretary of State and a large majority of Republican voters over allegations of fraud in the November presidential election."
In response, Sasse released a rather condescending video to the Nebraska Republicans explaining to them what was and wasn't "conservative".
In Maine, reproaches are examined.
In Utah, Republican voters are handing out a petition online censoring Mitt Romney despite the state GOP defending “diversity of thought”.
IMPEACHMENT BACKLASH: The fallout for Republican Senators who voted to condemn Trump continues. Senator Bill Cassidy is being censored by Louisiana's GOP as he stands by the move. @rachelvscott reports that Trump is making public appearances for the first time since the acquittal. https://t.co/pMdBVRYfLh pic.twitter.com/ppYGcGvoie
– World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) February 16, 2021
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Will voters hold them accountable when they vote?
There are several things that could get senators excited about their persuasion vote.
Of these seven, only Lisa Murkowski from Alaska is up for re-election. Burr and Toomey are retiring and Romney is in the middle of his first term.
The rest were simply re-elected.
Another interesting factor is two senators who were not censored by their own voters – the two Republicans who challenged the electoral college's votes.
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) have been blamed for the uprising by the Democratic Senators, with many calling for both of them to resign or be expelled.
And what makes perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the Gang of 7 is that after Burr's retirement announcement, there will be a vacancy in one of the seats in the North Carolina Senate.
Former Rep Mark Walker threw his hat in the ring for 2022, but another name is floating around, that of Lara Trump.
The North Carolina native and wife of Eric Trump recently received a huge boost from Lindsey Graham, who she called the "biggest impeachment winner."
"The biggest winner I think of this entire impeachment process is Lara Trump," said Graham. @LaraLeaTrump can now be considered a Senate contender for 2022 after @SenatorBurr condemned Trump in the #ImpeachmentTrial, Senator @LindseyGrahamSC said. https://t.co/4gS2OqzNho
– The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) February 16, 2021
As Americans grow tired of sending people to Washington who don't reflect their desires, the gang of 7 and those like them are possibly the last of a dying race.