In total, there were seven Republican senators who cast a “guilty” vote on charges of incitement to insurrection, and they are facing backlash from within the GOP. But, Schumer thinks they are “Republican Patriots.”
Senate Majority Leader Schumer: “It is still true that the final vote on Donald Trump’s conviction was the largest and most bipartisan vote of any presidential impeachment trial in American history. I salute those Republican patriots who did the right thing. It wasn’t easy.” pic.twitter.com/6K0Mt8IinK
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) February 13, 2021
Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy was unanimously censured by his state’s Republican party stating that they were, “profoundly disappointed.”
Richard Burr of North Carolina also voted guilty and received harsh criticism from the NC Republican Party. North Carolina GOP Chairman, Michael Whatley said “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.”
Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomy, when he voted “guilty,” was also reprimanded by hist state’s GOP Chairman, Lawrence Tabas, when he said, “I share the disappointment of many of our grassroots leaders and volunteers over Senator Toomey’s vote today.”
Four other Republicans voted in favor of finding Trump guilty, they are Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). Republican parties in their prospective states have yet to release statements regarding their Senator’s votes.
Even though Schumer praised each one of these Senators for being “patriots,” each one of these Senators voted out of alignment with the majority of Republicans within the Senate and House.