10 Republicans in the House of Representatives joined Democrats in impeaching President Donald Trump for the second time on Wednesday, an unprecedented rebuke from a U.S. leader who flouted standards and sowed discontent for years with little rebuke from from his own party.
The House voted 232-197 in favor of an article of impeachment, accusing the president of “inciting insurgency” following the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol last week by a mob of pro rioters. -Trump.
Five people died in the attack, including a Capitol Hill police officer, and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers condemned the president for his role in the blaze attack.
The number of Republicans voting against their party president has broken records. The president will now face a Senate trial, though the process is likely to drag into the early days of the Biden administration when Democrats control the chamber.
In the House, however, the reprimand was swift. Here’s what Republican members of Congress had to say about their vote to impeach Trump, in their own words:
Representative John Katko (RN.Y.)
Katko was the first Republican to announce that he would vote to impeach the president, saying he had taken an oath to defend the Constitution and that “the country always comes first. ”
“It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurgency – both on social media before Jan.6 and in his speech that day,” Katko said in a statement ahead of the vote. “By deliberately promoting baseless theories suggesting that the election was somehow stolen, the President has created a fuel environment of disinformation, disenfranchisement and division.
Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)
Kinzinger said he had “no doubt” that Trump had broken his oath of office and incited his supporters to riot.
“It was a disappointing time to vote for impeachment today; to walk to the United States Capitol, our symbol of democracy, and to remember the violent insurgency we witnessed here just over a week ago, ”he later wrote. “It was not a vote that I took lightly, but a vote that I took with confidence. I am at peace.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)
Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said “none of this would have happened without the president.”
“This insurgency has caused injuries, deaths and destruction in the most sacred space of our Republic,” she said in a statement. “The President of the United States called this crowd, gathered the crowd and lit the flame of this attack. All that followed was his work.
“The president could have intervened immediately and forcefully to end the violence,” she added. “He hasn’t. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.
Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
Upton highlighted Trump’s refusal to express regret for his efforts to incite supporters last week as a deciding factor in his vote.
“I would have preferred a bipartite and formal censorship rather than a long process of impeachment,” he wrote. “I’m concerned that this now interferes with important legislative matters and a new Biden administration. But it is time to say: enough is enough.
He later sharing the oath of office on Twitter.
Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.)
Herrera Beutler blame for the murderous insurgency directly at Trump’s feet, claiming he “instigated a riot aimed at stopping the peaceful transfer of power.”
“The president issued a pathetic denunciation of the violence which also served as a nod and a nod to those who perpetrated it: ‘I love you,’ he told them, ‘you are special, ”she said ahead of the vote. “The offenses committed by the President, according to my reading of the Constitution, were open to challenge on the basis of the indisputable evidence that we already have.”
Representative Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)
New house said any vote against impeachment “is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we have witnessed in our nation’s capital” and a “vote to forgive President Trump’s inaction.”
“It is a pivotal and solemn moment in the history of our country”, he declared just before the vote. “I sincerely believe that our nation – and the system of government on which it was founded – may well be in jeopardy if we do not rise to the occasion. … Turning a blind eye to this brutal assault on our Republic is not an option.
Representative Peter Meijer (R-Mich.)
Meijer said he voted to impeach Trump “with a heavy heartBut added that the president “had betrayed and misled millions of people by claiming a” stolen election. ” “
“I fought against the division that this vote will bring,” he said. “I have fought against the precedent this will set and I am concerned about due process. I wondered if impeachment, an inherently political process, was a meaningful mechanism of accountability for the seriousness of the President’s actions. “
“The president broke his oath by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears the responsibility of inciting violent acts of insurgency last week.”
Representative Tom Rice (RS.C.)
Rice said that if he had supported Trump for years “from top to bottom”, the president’s inaction was a “total failure.”
“I was on the floor of the House of Representatives when rioters knocked on the door with tear gas, zip ties and homemade bombs in their possession,” Rice said. “It was only by the grace of God and the blood of the Capitol Police that the death toll was not much, much higher.”
Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio)
Gonzalez said Trump has acted directly “in an attempt to prevent us from fulfilling our solemn duties.”
“In doing so, five people died – including a Capitol Police officer – many more were injured and our democracy was shaken,” he said. “During the attack itself, the president gave up his post as many members asked for help, further endangering everyone present. These are fundamental threats not only to people’s lives, but also to the very foundation of our Republic. “
Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.)
Valadao said Trump was “without question” a “driving force in the catastrophic events that took place” on Capitol Hill. He said he disagreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s efforts to organize a speedy impeachment vote, but said he felt compelled to “go with my gut.”
“I voted to impeach President Trump,” Valadao said. “His inciting rhetoric was anti-American, odious and absolutely ungodly. It is time to put the country above politics.
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