Senator Richard Burr remains one of seven Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, after previously declaring that the trying a private citizen was unconstitutional.
Burr’s state party of North Carolina unanimously voted Monday night to censure the Senator who has made claims prior to the impeachment trial that he will be retiring in 2022. Similarly, Senator Toomey of Pennsylvania also voted with the Democrats to impeach Trump and has previously announced his 2022 retirement.
“Tonight, the North Carolina Republican Party Central Committee voted unanimously to censure Senator Richard Burr for his vote to convict former President Trump in the impeachment trial which he declared to be unconstitutional,” North Carolina Republican Party’s Central Committee declared in a statement following the vote. “The NCGOP agrees with the strong majority of Republicans in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate that the Democrat-led attempt to impeach a former President lies outside the United States Constitution.”
Chairman of North Carolina GOP Kevin Whatley also issued a statement on Saturday, declaring that Burr’s actions were “disappointing”.
“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,” Whatley stated.
Burr fired back and defended his decision with his own statement. “As I said on January 6th, the President bears responsibility for these tragic events. The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high Crimes and Misdemeanors. Therefore, I have voted to convict,” he said.
“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”, Burr clarified.
Burr was immediately met with backlash on social media over his contradictory statements.
Former Representative Dan Walker, who is running for Burr’s seat utilized the opportunity to declare himself a “true conservative” on his Twitter, as Dan Bishop voiced the call to censure. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham appeared on Fox News Monday night and discussed the high probability of Trump’s daughter in-law Lara Lea Trump securing a Senate seat nomination if she chooses to run.
“The biggest winner of this whole impeachment trial is Lara Trump,” Graham told Fox News. “My dear friend Richard Burr, who I like and have been friends to a long time, just made Lara Trump almost the certain nominee for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs, and I certainly will be behind her because she represents the future of the Republican Party.”