The North Carolina GOP is expected to censure Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C) on Monday over voting to convict former President Trump of inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Burr, who is not seeking reelection, is the latest Republican to face backlash after breaking with Trump.
“I absolutely support a censure of Senator Richard Burr, NC for his vote on the impeachment of President Trump,” GOP N.C. committee member Kyshia Lineberger wrote on Facebook on Saturday. “Senator Burr did NOT vote for the will of the people and should be held accountable. This second impeachment is nothing more than a witch-hunt against a former President who is now a private citizen.”
Burr had voted that Trump’s second impeachment trial was unconstitutional, but later voted to convict him.
The North Carolina Senator was one of seven in the GOP to join with all 50 Democrats in finding Trump guilty on the single charge of inciting an insurrection. He along with, Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Pat Toomey (R-PA), all voted against the former President.
“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,” NC GOP Chairman Michael Whatley said in a statement.
Burr didn’t shy away from the way he voted on Saturday.
“When this process started, I believed that it was unconstitutional to impeach a president who was no longer in office. I still believe that to be the case. However, the Senate is an institution based on precedent, and given that the majority in the Senate voted to proceed with this trial, the question of constitutionality is now established precedent,” Burr said in a statement.
Burr’s seat will be one of the most contested in 2022 with names like Lara Trump, Mark Walker and Pat McCrory being thrown around as just a few possible replacements.
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