“The evidence is convincing that President Trump is guilty of instigating an insurrection against an equal branch of government and that the charges rise to the level of crime and misdemeanor,” said Burr on Saturday. “That’s why I voted for the condemnation.”
The Senate on Saturday cleared Trump of incitement to the uprising after the January 6 uprising in the Capitol with 57-43 votes, 10 votes missing the threshold required for conviction. All 50 Democratic senators supported the condemnation.
Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) The backlash for his vote on Saturday was still to come. His state’s GOP voted the same day to blame the senator for his decision. Cassidy continued to defend his voice on Monday. Writing in a Baton Rouge newspaper that he “voted to condemn former President Trump for being guilty. That is what the facts demand.”
“I have no illusions that this is a popular decision. I made this decision because Americans should not be fed lies about ‘massive election fraud’. The police should not be left at the mercy of a mob. Mobs should not be ignited, to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power, “wrote the Louisiana Senator.
Cassidy and Burr are just a couple of Republicans reprimanded by their states parties for their votes in Trump’s second impeachment trial. Earlier this month, Senator Ben Sasse was criticized by the Nebraska Republican Party, while several House Republicans have been subjected to reprisals for their votes – including Republican MP Liz Cheney of Wyoming.