Republican Party Leaders Defend Response To Censure GOP Senators Who Voted To Convict President Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16:  U.S. President Donald Trump waits on the arrival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House May 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump and Erdogan met in the Oval Office to discuss a range of bilateral issues.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 16: President Donald Trump waited on the arrival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House May 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)


State GOP leaders are standing by their decision to censure senators who voted to convict President Trump in the latest impeachment efforts.

Chairman Michael Whatley of North Carolina’s Republican Party spoke to CNN on Tuesday concerning the move by his state’s GOP to censure Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). Anchor John Berman accused Whatley of canceling Burr, but the GOP chair said the censure was merely pointing out a difference in opinion among members of the party.

“Well, I think that the cancel culture where we see the President kicked off of all, the former President kicked off of all social media, where we see people losing their jobs, where we see people who have been hit on social media or deplatformed is entirely different from us as a state party saying that we disagree with one particular vote cast by a senator,” Whatley said.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was censured by the Republican Party in Washington County on Monday. Dave Ball, chair of the county’s Republican Party, criticized Toomey’s vote to convict Trump in an interview with a local CBS affiliate.

“We did not send him there to vote his conscience. We did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he was doing,” Ball stated. “We sent him there to represent us.”

The Republican Party in Utah has taken a different approach regarding Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) vote against the 45th President. In a statement, Utah’s GOP acknowledged Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) voted to acquit Trump, while Romney voted to convict.

However, they claimed “disagreement is natural and healthy,” and they look forward to both senators explaining their vote to those they represent.



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