“The evidence is convincing that President Trump is guilty of instigating an insurrection against an equal branch of government, and that the charges rise to the level of crime and misdemeanor,” Burr said on Saturday. “That’s why I voted for the condemnation.”
The Senate acquitted on Saturday Trump of incitement to rebellion after the January 6 uprising in the Capitol with 57-43 votes, which is 10 votes below the condemnation threshold. All 50 Democratic Senators supported the conviction.
But on Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) said the “biggest winner” of Trump’s impeachment trial was the former president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump.
“My dear friend Richard Burr, whom I like and have long been friends with, almost made Lara Trump a surefire candidate for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace if she runs,” Graham said on Fox News . “And I will certainly stand behind her because she represents the future of the Republican Party.”
Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) Also faced a backlash on Saturday. His state’s GOP voted the same day to reprimand the senator for his decision. Cassidy continued to defend his voice on Monday. Writing in a Baton Rouge newspaper that he “voted to condemn former President Trump for being guilty. That is what the facts demand.”
“I have no illusions that this is a popular decision. I made this decision because Americans should not be fed lies about ‘massive election fraud’. The police should not be left at the mercy of a mob. Mobs should not be ignited, to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power, “wrote the Louisiana Senator.
Cassidy and Burr are just a few Republicans reprimanded by their States parties for their votes in Trump’s second impeachment trial. Earlier this month, Senator Ben Sasse of the Nebraska Republican Party came under fire, and Republicans of Maine are due to speak this week about the conviction of Senator Susan Collins. Several House Republicans have also faced reprisals for their votes – including Wyoming Republican MP Liz Cheney.