Liz Cheney has been formally censured by the Wyoming GOP for voting to impeach Trump

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Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference with other House Republican leadership in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

  • The Wyoming GOP voted Saturday to censure Rep. Liz Cheney.
  • Cheney, and 9 other House Republicans, voted on January 13 to impeach President Donald Trump.
  • “My vote to impeach was compelled by the oath I swore to the Constitution,” Cheney said Saturday.
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The Wyoming Republican Party on Saturday censured Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, over her January 13 vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to join Democrats in voting to impeach Trump over his handling of the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

Wyoming Republicans argued that in voting to impeach the president, Cheney had disregarded the will of Wyoming residents, who overwhelmingly supported Trump.

“Does the voice of the people matter and if it does, does it only matter at the ballot box?” said Joey Correnti, the GOP chairman in Carbon County, according to the Associated Press.

Read more: Liz Cheney could face a mutiny within Congress and in her home state of Wyoming

In a statement after the censure vote, Cheney defended her decision to impeach Trump. She said she will continue to fight for the issues most important to Wyoming.

“Foremost among these is the defense of our Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees. My vote to impeach was compelled by the oath I swore to the Constitution,” she said, according to the Associated Press.

Cheney isn’t the only House Republican to face blowback for voting to impeach Trump. Last Saturday, the South Carolina GOP voted to censure Rep. Tom Rice for the same reason.

Cheney also recently faced down a failed effort from some House Republicans to oust her from her position as conference committee chair. An overwhelming 145 GOPers voted to keep her, while just 61 wanted to remove her.

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South Carolina Republicans censured Rep. Tom Rice for voting to impeach Trump

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In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, taken from video, Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington.

  • The South Carolina GOP censured a Republican lawmaker over his vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
  • Rep. Tom Rice voted to impeach after calling Trump’s response to the Capitol siege an “utter failure.”
  • Rice said he knew his vote might mean he’ll lose his next election.
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The South Carolina Republican Party announced Saturday it had formally censured Rep. Tom Rice, one of the 10 GOP members of Congress who voted to impeach President Donald Trump earlier this month.

“We made our disappointment clear the night of the impeachment vote,” the party chairman, Drew McKissick, said in a statement announcing the censure. “Congressman Rice’s vote unfortunately played right into the Democrats’ game, and the people in his district, and ultimately our State Executive Committee, wanted him to know they wholeheartedly disagree with his decision.”

Rice had been a longtime Trump supporter but ultimately backed the impeachment efforts due to Trump’s inaction during the Capitol siege, in which hundreds of his supporters stormed the building while lawmakers counted the electoral college votes.

“Once the violence began, when the Capitol was under siege, when the Capitol Police were being beaten and killed, and when the Vice President and the Congress were being locked down, the President was watching and tweeted about the Vice President’s lack of courage,” Rice said in a statement on January 13.

He continued: “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 told the Associated Press he understood his impeachment vote might result in him losing his seat in the next election.

“If it does, it does,” he said.

Rice isn’t the only Republican lawmaker to face blowback for voting to impeach Trump. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, is also facing a potential censure, a primary challenge, and a wave of resentment from her Trump-supporting constituents.

Rice is also not the only Republican to be censured over his views on Trump. The Arizona GOP voted last weekend to formally censure Cindy McCain and former Sen. Jeff Flake over their criticism of Trump and the Republican Party.

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