Symbolic rebuke comes amid rising Republican opposition to Senate trial of ex-president, set to start subsequent month.
A Republican legislator from the US state of South Carolina has been censured by the state department of the get together after he voted to question former United States President Donald Trump earlier this month.
Congressman Tom Rice was one in all 10 Republicans within the US House of Representatives who voted in favour of impeaching Trump on January 13 for “incitement of insurrection” regarding the lethal riot on the US Capitol this month.
On Saturday, the South Carolina Republican Party (SCGOP) mentioned it had formally censured Rice for his vote.
“We made our disappointment clear the night of the impeachment vote,” SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick mentioned in a press release shared on social media, in regards to the symbolic rebuke.
“Trying to impeach a president, with a week left in his term, is never legitimate and is nothing more than a political kick on the way out the door.”
— South Carolina Republican Party (@SCGOP) January 30, 2021
Rice has been a staunch supporter of Trump throughout the former president’s time period within the White House, however he mentioned on January 13 that he voted for impeachment as a result of the Capitol riot was “inexcusable”.
“I have backed this President through thick and thin for four years. I campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But, this utter failure is inexcusable,” Rice mentioned in a assertion at the moment.
Trump’s impeachment for the Capitol rebellion – his second as president – has divided the Republican Party.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney has mentioned he believes shifting forward with an impeachment trial within the US Senate is “appropriate”, whereas different Republicans have questioned the constitutionality of proceedings happening when Trump is not in workplace.
Members of the get together have additionally argued that impeachment would damage an already deeply divided nation and urged Democrats to drop their initiative.
But regardless of that opposition, the Democrat-controlled House despatched the impeachment article to the Senate final week and Trump’s Senate trial is predicted to start in February.
To be convicted, the Senate wants a two-thirds majority of help. That means greater than a dozen Republicans might want to be a part of Democrats in voting in favour of impeachment.
Rice is just not the one Republican who voted for impeachment to face backlash.
Liz Cheney, at present the quantity three Republican within the House of Representatives, has been censured by the Republican Party in at the very least three of the 23 counties in her dwelling state of Wyoming.
She additionally faces rising calls to be stripped of her function as chair of the get together’s convention.
House Representative Fred Upton has additionally been censured by the Republican Party in Allegan County, one in all six counties in Upton’s Michigan district, for voting to question Trump.