Senator Richard Burr is paying for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The Republican from North Carolina was censured by his own state’s party on Monday.
Details of the Censure
Republican Party officials from the state of North Carolina called an emergency session on Monday evening. The group voted unanimously to censure the 65-year-old senator, a long-standing member of Congress. In a statement by party chairman Michael Whatley, the party said that the vote was a resolution designed to disavow the vote by Burr.
In response to the censure vote, Burr said that his party’s leadership chose loyalty to Trump over its guiding principles and those ideals brought forth by the country’s Founding Fathers. Burr had previously announced that he will retire in 2022.
Vote to Impeach Trump
Burr was one of just seven Republicans who crossed over party lines to vote to convict Trump after the conclusion of the five-day impeachment trial last week. After his vote, Burr attempted to explain his decision. He said that although he believed that the trial was unconstitutional because Trump was no longer in office, he needed to consider the evidence presented to him as he sat on the jury.
Burr argued that Trump contributed to the insurrection on the Capitol through his rhetoric claiming that the presidential election was a fraud. In addition, Burr condemned Trump for not calling on his supporters to stop the assault. Burr went on to say that he believed that the former president’s actions made him guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.