A newly elected GOP congressman who voted for the impeachment of President Donald Trump now says he is buying bulletproof vests to protect himself from the president’s supporters.
Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) Appeared on MSNBC Thursday to discuss the effect his decision to impeach has had on him and his family.
Meijer was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach the president on Wednesday for “incitement to insurgency” following the Jan.6 siege on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters.
When MSNBC presenter Hallie Jackson asked Meijer if he had received death threats, lawmakers said they would not let anything deter him from his duty.
“I do not believe that we should give the veto of an assassin, a veto of an insurrectionist, a veto of a rowdy,” he said. “If we let that guide decisions, then you hang on to the crowd. It is the definition of terrorism that attempts to achieve a political end by using violence.
But that doesn’t mean Meijer and others aren’t taking precautions.
“I have colleagues who now travel with armed escorts out of fear for their safety,” Meijer said. “A lot of us are changing our ways, working to get a bulletproof vest, which is a refundable purchase we can make. It’s sad that we have to come to this. “
You can watch the exchange in the video above.
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