18 days ago, the U.S. Capitol Hill faced a dangerous and unspeakable attack. Heated tensions regarding the 2020 presidential election finally came to a head when Trump loyalists forced their way inside the Capitol.
The incident risked — and sadly took — multiple lives. Property destruction occurred and lawmakers were rushed from the official chambers for their own safety. Since the insurrection, multiple arrests have been made, perpetrators are looking at serious prison sentences, and the House of Representatives impeached Trump for a second time.
Unlike the original impeachment of Trump, ten House Republicans joined their Democrat colleagues in voting for the 45th’s president’s impeachment. Now, Washington Examiner confirms that those GOP members’ political careers are facing some trouble ahead.
No Support from the National Republican Congressional Committee
The House Republicans who voted for Trump’s impeachment will be facing primary challenges from members of their party. This doesn’t bode well for the ten GOP members who will now have to face the wrath from their own party, with little support in their arsenal.
— NRCC (@NRCC) January 21, 2021
In keeping with a prior policy, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) will not be involving itself in any GOP primary races. Potential Republican challengers against the ten GOP congressmembers who voted for impeachment are already coming forward.
The Congressional Leadership Fund PAC
Despite the hands-off approach from the NRCC, there is a possibility that these Republicans could receive support from GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Congressional Leadership Fund PAC.
While McCarthy himself did not vote for Trump’s impeachment, the California Republican is expected to support Republicans in their upcoming elections; the ten GOP House members who voted to impeach the 45th president are seemingly not immune from McCarthy’s backing.
For instance, the GOP leader is not in support of efforts to remove Rep. Liz Cheney; however, McCarthy has expressed certain concerns about Cheney’s vote in favor of Trump’s impeachment.
It’s a call to look up from our screens and think about what we say. Unfortunately, many in the media continue to ignore this to drive clicks and push their own partisan agenda. The distortions of my comments are completely disingenuous.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 23, 2021
Earlier this month, Leader McCarthy stood on the congressional floor to speak after the January 6 insurrection. The Republican professed that Trump is not “without blame” regarding the events on the Capitol; however, McCarthy proposed a censure resolution, rather than backing the House’s impeachment article against the 45th president.
House members who voted to impeach Trump ultimately did so on the basis of Trump “[inciting] an insurrection.” The Senate trial for this impeachment article shall begin on the week of February 8, 2021.
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