Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) declared that roughly “a third” of all Republicans would leave the party if GOP senators team up with Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump as the lame-duck president seeks to punish the 10 Republican representatives that voted for impeachment. Speaking with Fox News with host Laura Ingraham Friday, Paul claimed that efforts to impeach Trump after he incited the mob last week were “purely a partisan thing.” Paul, however, did vote against overturning the election. See Paul’s full comments in the following video.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told his Republican colleagues President Trump’s impeachment trial would be a “vote of conscience” – an absence of pressure that effectively allows them to vote guilty. The House has already thrown Trump under the bus. Here are the 10 House representatives that voted the impeach a president from the own party – remember their names:
1. Rep. Liz Cheney, Wyoming’s at-large district: Trump won Wyoming 70% to 27%, and she’s the third-ranking leader in the House. So for her not just to vote in favor of impeachment but also to issue a stinging rebuke is quite the step. Cheney was unequivocal in her statement, saying Trump “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.” She called what Trump did the “greatest betrayal” of a U.S. president ever.
2. Rep. Tom Rice, South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District: This is one no one saw coming. The congressman, who has served since 2013, comes from a pretty pro-Trump district (Trump won it 59% to 40%), and there was no indication he would do so beforehand. Even during his vote, Twitter was alight with speculation that Rice had cast the wrong vote. It turns out. He cast it exactly as he wanted to.
3. Rep. Dan Newhouse, Washington’s 4th: Trump won this central Washington state district by a handy margin, 58% to 40%. But for Newhouse, who has served since 2015 and has not been a prominent member, it was clear: “The mob was inflamed by the language and misinformation of the President of the United States.
4. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois’ 16th: Kinzinger’s decision was probably the least surprising on this list. Despite coming from a district, Trump won 57% to 41%. The Air Force veteran has been outspoken recently against Trump’s behavior. He said Trump “incited this insurrection” and “if these actions — the Article II branch inciting a deadly insurrection against the Article I branch — are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense?”
5. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio’s 16th: Gonzalez, a former NFL wide receiver, is in his second term in Congress. Trump won his district by 15 points, but Gonzalez was unequivocal: Trump, he said, “helped organize and incite a mob that attacked the United States Congress in an attempt to prevent us from completing our solemn duties as prescribed by the Constitution.” He added that Trump “abandoned his post during the attack, thus further endangering all present.”
6. Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan’s 6th: Upton has been in office since 1987. He comes from a more moderate district. Trump won it just 51% to 47%. Upton has good relationships with Democrats, including President-elect Joe Biden, and even has #WearYourMask in his Twitter bio. Upton said he would have preferred a bipartisan censure that would not interfere with the business of the next administration, “but,” he said, “it is time to say enough is enough.” He also cited Trump’s efforts “to impede the peaceful transfer of power from one President to the next.”
7. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington’s 3rd: Herrera Beutler was swept in with the Tea Party wave in 2010, but her district is a moderate one. Trump won it 51% to 47%. Herrera Beutler gained prominence several years ago for giving birth to a child three months early, born without kidneys, and a rare syndrome. Her daughter, Abigail, became the first to survive the often-fatal condition. The now-mother of three and congresswoman from southwest Washington state declared on the House floor her vote in favor of impeachment: “I’m not choosing sides, I’m choosing truth.”
8. Rep. Peter Meijer, Michigan’s 3rd: Meijer is a freshman who won his seat with 53% of the vote. He represents a previously held district by Justin Amash, the former Republican-turned-independent who voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment in 2019. Meijer, a Columbia University grad who served in Afghanistan, is a social conservative in favor of restrictions on abortion rights and against restrictions on gun rights and religious freedoms. But he said Trump showed no “courage” and “betrayed millions with claims of a ‘stolen election.’ ”
9. Rep. John Katko, New York’s 24th: Katko is a moderate from an evenly divided moderate district. A former federal prosecutor, he said of Trump: “It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurrection.” He also noted that as the riot was happening, Trump “refused to call it off, putting countless lives in danger.”
10. Rep. David Valadao, California’s 21st: The Southern California congressman represents a majority-Latino district. Biden won 54% to 44%. Valadao won election to this seat in 2012 before losing it in 2018 and winning it back in the fall. He’s the rare case of a member of Congress who touts his willingness to work with the other party.
Either none of the above listened to the president’s speech on the 6th or read the transcript, or they are willfully lying. The president did not incite any violence in his speech and used the specific instructions: “Peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” You can access the transcript and more information here. Now we know that the FBI was aware of a pre-planned violent event for the 6th and that this behavior started on the Capitol steps before Trump even ended his speech. “How could Trump incite an attack that had already been pre-planned and was in motion before his speech ended?” Finally, Trump did give a speech to the nation during the riot on Twitter telling supporters to go home and leave the capitol condemning the violence. He followed the next day with an address to the nation.
The rank and file of the Republican party have had a challenging four years with the relentless attacks from the Left. This past year has been even rougher, notwithstanding the issues of living through the horrific Black Lives Matter protests/riots, the Coronavirus “pandemic,” and a grueling election. Has Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership forgotten what Republicans have lived through?
- We remember President Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, with hundreds of radical left-wing Antifa terrorists ascended upon Washington D.C., to violently protest against the duly elected President, Donald Trump.
- We remember the women’s march (vagina hats and all) the day after the inauguration.
- We remember the 4 years of attacks and impeachments.
- We remember “not our president” and the “Resistance …”
- We remember Maxie Walters telling followers to harass us in restaurants.
- We remember the Presidents spokesperson being kicked out of a restaurant.
- We remember hundreds of Trump supporters physically attacked.
- We remember the Covington High School/Nick Sandman attack.
- We remember Trump supporters getting Doxed and fired from jobs.
- We remember riots and looting.
- We remember “a comedian” holding up the President’s severed head.
- We remember a play in Central park paid with public funding, showing the killing of President Trump.
- We remember Robert de Niro yelling “F” Trump” at the Tony’s and getting a standing ovation.
- We remember Nancy Pelosi tearing up the State of the Union Address.
- We remember the total in the tank move on the mainstream media.
- We remember the non-stop and live fact-checking on our President and his supporters.
- We remember non-stop in your face lies and open cover-ups from the media.
- We remember the President and his staff being spied on.
- We remember five Senators shot on a ballfield.
- We remember every so-called comedy show turn into nothing but a Trump hate fest.
- We remember 95% negative coverage in the news.
- We remember the state governors asking and getting everything they ask for and then blaming Trump for their problems.
- We remember a Trump top aid verbally assaulted in two DC restaurants.
- We remember people banging on the Supreme Court doors.
- We remember that we were called every name in the book for supporting President Trump.
- We remember that Hollywood Celebs said they would leave after Trump was elected, but they stayed.
- We remember the Trump Death Clock.
- We remember the vile threats against Trump’s son Barron and his grandchildren. (Peter Fonda and Tom Arnold).
- We remember the attacking First Lady Melania Trump’s accent mocking her immigrant status.
- We remember wishing President Trump died from COVID-19 (Former Clinton/Obama staffer).
- We remember the Kavanaugh Hearings and character assignation with smears.
- We remember Michelle Wolf’s WHCD vicious attacks on WH Press Secretary Sara Sanders.
- We remember the wife of Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Jamie Gardner, received a text message, after the Kavanaugh confirmation vote, that graphically showed a beheading.
President Donald Trump gave a January 12, 2021, speech in Alamo, TX. It was obvious that we all could feel the heavy heart of Trump, knowing full well that many in the GOP have stabbed him in the back. This may have been his last public speech as President.
There are a few Republicans that supported Trump to the end – through thick and thin. A new national poll indicates that only 8% of Republican voters support President Trump’s impeachment and his removal from office. Two-thirds of Republicans polled state they will vote for Trump in 2024, and 76% of Republicans polled say less likely to vote for a lawmaker who votes to impeach Trump. Yet, many of the GOP leaders are thinking of their own careers and not the people who put them there. It is a sad moment for Republicans.
Is Rand Paul correct that the Republicans risk one-third leaving from GOP leaders’ betrayal? Judging from the view on the ground, Senator Paul is dead wrong. It’s not one-third. It’s more like two-thirds.