• March 4, 2021

IMPEACHMENT II: In Republicans’ Own Words

 IMPEACHMENT II: In Republicans’ Own Words

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, there’s nothing to cheer about for any American — no matter your party, or lack thereof. The president of the United States was just impeached for the second time. This one was decidedly different than the first, which I know because I was there (even if I didn’t allow myself to be there this time, because I’m still self-quarantining after being swept up in the riot last week).

As a contemporary reporter, I know millions have been conditioned to not trust my word on anything, which is why below are the videos or statements of the 10 Republicans who bucked their party and voted to impeach.

Below that are some speeches from Republicans — from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney — from last Wednesday, the day the Capitol was breached for the first time since the British sacked it during the War of 1812.

Rep. Peter Meijer (Michigan)

The freshman congressman served in the second Iraq War.

“This vote is not a victory. It isn’t a victory for my party, and it isn’t the victory the Democrats might think it is. I’m not sure it is a victory for our country. But it is a call to action for us to reflect on these events and seek ways to correct them,” the freshman said in a release.

Rep. Tom Rice (South Carolina)

The five-term congressman didn’t speak on the House floor, but released this statement.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Illinois)

The former Air Force veteran didn’t mince words — and they weren’t a battle cry.

“I think we were very close to having members of Congress killed,” the current member of the National Guard said on ABC’s This Week.

His full statement is here.

Rep. Dan Newhouse (Washington state)

“This is a sad day in our Republic, but not as sad or disheartening as the violence we witnessed in our Capitol last Wednesday,” Newhouse said. “We’re all responsible.”

“We must all do better,” the fourth term congressman continued in his floor speech that surprised many. “These articles of impeachment are flawed, but I will not use process as an excuse: There is no excuse for President Trump’s actions.”

Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyoming)

The daughter of former-Vice President Dick Cheney blistered the president and many in her party for siding with Trump over her reading of the Constitution.

That earned the number-three most powerful House Republican praise from Democrats, which was a rare thing to witness.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (Washington state)

The sixth term congresswoman used to work for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers — who was replaced in House GOP leadership by Rep. Liz Cheney.

Voting against her former boss may seem like a small thing, but in Washington it stands out, as did her surprise floor speech announcing it.

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio)

The former professional athlete played for the Indianapolis Colts before leaving the NFL to get an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Rep. David Valadao (California)

Rep. Fred Upton (Michigan)

Upton worked under President Ronald Reagan on fiscal issues at the Office of Management and Budget.

Rep. John Katko (New York)

The former federal prosecutor released a statement about one of the most difficult votes he’ll ever cast.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah)

Matt Laslo

Based in Washington, Matt Laslo is a veteran political and music reporter. Since 2006, he’s been a contributor with VICE News, VICE News Tonight HBO, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Billboard, The Atlantic, NPR, etc. He’s taught journalism at Boston University (MA) and The University of Maryland (BA). And he teaches political communications at The Johns Hopkins University MA in Government and Public Policy program. He can be found on most all social media platforms as @MattLaslo.

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