The day after the second impeachment acquittal of Donald Trump, the Republican party has split into two factions.
On one hand, you have the 43 GOP senators who voted to let Trump off on charges that were plainly proven by the Democratic impeachment managers from the House of Representatives. These folks are either so arrogant or ashamed of their votes that none of them would even respond to invitations from CBS’s morning show Face The Nation to discuss yesterday’s decision.
We offered invitations to 2 dozen Senate Republicans following their votes to acquit former President Trump. No one accepted. https://t.co/a7dMU2wIrQ
— Margaret Brennan (@margbrennan) February 14, 2021
On the other hand, there are the seven brave GOP senators who broke from party orthodoxy and joined the Democrats in voting to convict Donald Trump by the biggest bipartisan majority in any impeachment trial in American history.
One of the most surprising defectors from the Republican minority who acquitted their still sacred cow was Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, a usually reliable conservative vote who took seriously Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) advice that his colleagues should vote according to their consciences.
Senator Cassidy had a simple explanation for his decision and posted it to Twitter for the whole world to understand his rationale.
Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person. I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty. pic.twitter.com/ute0xPc4BH
— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) February 13, 2021
For his act of conscience — and rationality— Senator Cassidy earned a rapid censure motion from the Louisiana Republican Party.
“The Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Louisiana has unanimously voted to censure Senator Bill Cassidy for his vote cast earlier today to convict former President Donald J. Trump on the impeachment charge,” the state party said in a statement immediately after the vote was taken.
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