Cassidy Betrays Party by Voting that Trial is Constitutional
In what was seen as an act of betrayal, Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy voted with the Democrats on Tuesday, asserting that the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump was indeed constitutional. While the bulk of the GOP had argued and then agreed that the impeachment proceedings were unconstitutional because Trump was no longer in office, Cassidy crossed the party line and voted in line with the Democrats.
Results of the Vote
In the vote on whether to proceed with the trial, there were only six Republicans to vote that the proceedings were constitutional. In addition to the usual suspects of Sen. Mitt Romney, Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Ben Sasse, and Sen. Pat Toomey, Sen. Cassidy surprised his party by deciding to defect to the other side.
Just a week ago, Cassidy thought the trial was unconstitutional. So what changed his mind? When asked that very question, Cassidy pointed to the weak presentation by Trump’s defense attorneys, Bruce Castor and David Schoen. While you would be hard-pressed to find someone to praise the defense team for their efforts, it still came as a surprise that Cassidy would so blatantly go against his constituents.
Cassidy a Symptom of What Is Wrong With Republicans
How Cassidy will vote when it comes to convict or acquit Trump is still unknown. However, what is known is that he is a symptom of what is wrong with today’s Republican Party. He does not care about voting on principle. Instead, his vote is being controlled by what the left-leaning media and leaders think about him despite the fact that he is letting down his constituents.