Seven Republicans crossed this unthinkable line on impeachment that has all hell breaking loose
The Senate voted to acquit Donald Trump during the impeachment trial.
But that wasn’t the big headline.
Instead, it was the fact that seven Republicans crossed this unthinkable line on impeachment that has all hell breaking loose.
Seven Republican Senators voted to convict Donald Trump on the Democrats’ article of impeachment claiming Donald Trump incited an insurrection on January 6.
This was the largest number of Senators to ever support impeaching a President in their own party.
But if these Republicans thought voting to convict Trump would finally drive a wedge between Trump and his voters, they guessed wrong.
The backlash in their home states at the grassroots level was intense.
Multiple Senators who voted to convict Trump such as Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana faced censure from their state parties.
While Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was the lone member of the GOP to vote against Trump after his first trial, he was joined this time by six others: Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Some of the senators, including Cassidy, have already been hit with official rebukes from their state party, while many of the others are facing a chorus of criticism from local conservatives. Cassidy was censured by the Louisiana GOP just hours after his vote.
Donald Trump still retains the support of the vast majority of Republican voters.
Establishment-minded Senators desperately want to get rid of Donald Trump.
These Senators thought impeachment would be the vehicle through which they could achieve that goal.
But the swift and fierce pushback at the grassroots level showed that any Senator who voted to convict Trump completely misread the room.