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North Carolina Republican Party votes to censure Burr for vote to convict Trump

 North Carolina Republican Party votes to censure Burr for vote to convict Trump

The North Carolina Republican Party’s central committee voted unanimously on Monday to censure Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrGraham: Lara Trump is biggest winner of impeachment trial Cassidy: It was clear that Trump ‘wished that lawmakers be intimidated’ North Carolina GOP condemns Burr for impeachment vote against Trump MORE (R-NC) over his vote on Saturday to convict former President TrumpDonald TrumpSix people who guarded Roger Stone entered Capitol during attack: NYT Cassidy pens column explaining vote to convict Trump Puerto Rico governor: Congress ‘morally obligated’ to act on statehood vote MORE. 

The committee announced the censure in a statement that argued Burr’s vote to convict went outside the authority of the Constitution. 

“Tonight, the North Carolina Republican Party Central Committee (NCGOP) voted unanimously to censure Senator Richard Burr for his vote to convict former President Trump in the impeachment trial which he declared to be unconstitutional,” the committee said in a statement, adding that “the Democrat-led attempt to impeach a former President lies outside the United States Constitution.”

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“Now that the Senate has voted to acquit President Trump, we hope that Democrats will set aside their divisive partisan agenda and focus on the American priorities of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, safely reopening schools and restarting the economy,” it concluded. 

Burr, who has said he does not plan to run for reelection, initially voted that trying Trump in the Senate was unconstitutional because the former president was no longer in office. But he ultimately joined six other Republicans to vote to convict Trump.

“It is truly a sad day for North Carolina Republicans,” Burr said in response to the censure. “My party’s leadership has chosen loyalty to one man over the core principles of the Republican Party and the founders of our great nation.”

Republicans who voted to convict Trump are now facing fierce criticism from conservatives and Trump allies within their party. 

Burr’s censure comes as Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocratic senator defends decision not to call witnesses: ‘They weren’t going to get more Republican votes’ Cassidy: It was clear that Trump ‘wished that lawmakers be intimidated’ North Carolina GOP condemns Burr for impeachment vote against Trump MORE (R-Utah) and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCassidy: It was clear that Trump ‘wished that lawmakers be intimidated’ North Carolina GOP condemns Burr for impeachment vote against Trump Toomey on Trump vote: ‘His betrayal of the Constitution’ required conviction MORE (R-Maine) are facing calls to be censured over their votes to convict.

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The Louisiana Republican Party censured Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidyCassidy pens column explaining vote to convict Trump Congressional Democrats say Trump acquittal was foregone conclusion Sunday shows – Trump acquittal in second impeachment trial reverberates MORE (R-La.) over the weekend and several county-level GOP parties have censured Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyToomey on Trump vote: ‘His betrayal of the Constitution’ required conviction Romney on impeachment vote to convict: ‘Trump incited the insurrection’ GOP Sen. Cassidy: ‘I voted to convict Trump because he is guilty’ MORE (R-Pa.). 

The North Carolina Democratic Party blasted the censure, with Chair Wayne Goodwin saying in a statement that the state’s GOP is “is in an all out civil war.”

“Today’s censure vote against their senior Senator for a vote of conscience in the most bipartisan conviction of a president in history proves this is the Donald Trump Party above all else,” Goodwin said in a statement. “North Carolinians are already fleeing the party by the thousands, donors are closing their checkbooks, and political leaders are withdrawing their support after North Carolina Republicans helped incite a dangerous attack on our Capitol, and the fallout is only growing.”

Senators voted 57-43 Saturday on whether to convict Trump for “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States,” falling 10 votes short of the required 67 votes for conviction.

Jordain Carney contributed.