Burr faces censure by North Carolina GOP for voting to convict Trump

Carla Harmon
February 15, 2021

The inability of congressional Democrats to persuade even 10 of their Republican counterparts in the Senate to vote to convict Trump for inciting a deadly insurrection was viewed by progressive lawmakers and activists, as Common Dreams reported over the weekend, as further evidence for why the majority party must eliminate the legislative filibuster to have any chance of enacting its agenda on voting rights, climate, and other crucial issues.

The motion, being circulated on social media, says Romney failed to "represent the average conservative Utah Republican voter" and "misrepresented himself as a Republican", when he ran for office. But in a scathing speech on the Senate floor just after the vote, McConnell said Trump was "practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day" while also arguing that he believed the trial was unconstitutional because Trump was no longer in office.

Still, his vote to convict Trump was a shock to many.

Trump denounced his second impeachment trial as "yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country".

When Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska - who also voted to convict Mr Trump on Saturday - was threatened with censure by his state party for criticising the former president, he suggested it was down to a cult of personality. It takes two thirds of senators to remove a president, so Trump was acquitted. "They chose to hang their hat on that very dubious hook in order to, basically, cater to Trump and the forces within the party that are still loyal to him in a really cultish and unsafe way".

"[Toomey's] participation in and support of a kangaroo court trial created by crazed, partisan Democrats [.] is insulting to all Pennsylvanians", said Piccola.

"I've been saying the best censure occurs at the ballot box", says Brown, a reference to 2024, when Romney would face reelection.

The poll-conducted online February 13-14 in English and Spanish by ABC News/Ipsos and based on a nationally representative probability sample of 547 adults-shows that 58% of the US public believes Trump should have been convicted for inciting the events of January 6 that left five people dead.

Three members of the committee told the Carolina Journal that they expect the resolution of censure to pass. "The impact of these kinds of resolutions has been minimal".

Burr is one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump of "incitement of insurrection". The Louisiana GOP said Saturday that it unanimously voted to censure Cassidy because of his vote. Bill Cassidy on Saturday and several county Republican parties in Pennsylvania have rebuked Sen.

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