Republicans in Congress are facing backlash in their home states for questioning former President Donald Trump’s involvement in the Jan 6. assault on the U.S. Capitol.
The big picture: State and county Republican apparatuses throughout the country are punishing those in their own party who want to hold the former president accountable, signaling that Trump’s grasp on the GOP remains unfaded.
Sen. Bill Cassidy is the latest member to receive condemnation after the Louisiana senator sided with Democrats on a vote over the constitutionality to impeach a former president.
- Cassidy voted in favor of the constitutionality of the impeachment trial and then told reporters Monday he thought House managers made a better argument and the former president’s counsel was “disorganized.”
- The Baton Rouge Republican Party said his vote “was a betrayal of the people of Louisiana and a rebuke to those who supported President Trump.”
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The Wyoming Republican Party censured Rep. Liz Cheney after she voted to impeach Trump last month. Cheney is the third-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives.