Seven Republican Senators voted alongside the Democrats to convict former President Donald Trump under the charge of inciting an insurrection after the Capitol Hill riots on January 6th.
These Republican Senators were as follows: Richard Burr from North Carolina, Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, Susan Collins from Maine, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, Mitt Romney from Utah, Ben Sasse from Nebraska, and Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania.
They all gave their own reasons for voting to convict the former President, after the Senate voted overall to acquit, failing to reach the 67 votes needed for a conviction.
Why did they vote to convict?
The American public knew the vote to convict the former President would fail after two points of orders were brought to the Senate over the last couple of weeks, forcing Senators to vote even if they believe the trial would be constitutional or not.
These votes ended 55-45 and 56-44, making the 57-43 acquittal of the former President hardly surprising.
Each Republican had their own reasons for voting to convict, which they all explained through short and simple statements from their offices.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, who switched his vote in the points of order earlier on in the week, stated that the constitution is ‘more than just one person’, adding that Trump was guilty of the charge.
Sen. Mitt Romney, a former Republican nominee who also voted to convict Trump in his first impeachment trial, stated that he voted to convict him again after giving careful consideration to the arguments made by both sides.
Sen. Richard Burr stated that he did not make his decision lightly, but he believed that the former President had violated the oath he swore when he took office, a sentiment that was also shared by Senator Sasse.
Senator Cassidy received a huge backlash from his own party in Louisiana, who voted to censure him after it was revealed he had voted to convict.
The Louisiana GOP released a statement where they condemned the vote of their Senator in the ‘strongest possible terms’, before going onto express their relief that ‘clearer heads prevailed’ to acquit President Trump.
The Minority Leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, had been hinting throughout the process that he was going to vote to convict but changed his mind when it came down to making his decision, a move that came under heavy criticism from the Democrats after McConnell has stated numerous times that Trump was guilty of the charge.
It was later revealed that Senator McConnell had emailed his colleagues early on Saturday morning that he would be voting to acquit, going against his statements from the last week as he took issue with the timing of the trial.
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, accused McConnell and other Republican Senators of trying to save their jobs, stating that they demeaning the offices that they hold, whilst labelling them all as ‘cowards’.
The Senate voted to acquit the former President 57-43, which will allow him to run for office again in the 2024 campaign.