The North Carolina Republican Party has voted to censure Senator Richard Burr over his vote to convict former President Trump.
“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 “the Democrat-led attempt to impeach a former President lies outside the United States Constitution.”
The statement adds “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.”
Burr had originally voted that the trial itself was unconstitutional, but explained “the Senate is an institution based on precedent, and given that the majority of the Senate voted to proceed with this trial, the question of constitutionality is now established precedent.”
In regards to his vote to convict Trump, Burr said “The facts are clear. The President promoted unfounded conspiracy theories to cast doubt on the integrity of a free and fair election because he did not like the results. As Congress met to certify the election results, the President directed his supporters to go to the Capitol to disrupt the lawful proceedings required by the Constitution. When the crowd became violent, the President used his office to first inflame the situation instead of immediately calling for an end to the assault.”
Burr will not be running for reelection in 2022.
Appearing on Fox News, Lindsey Graham said that Burr’s vote to convict Donald Trump may have made Lara Trump “almost certain” to be nominated for the US Senate.
“The biggest winner I think of this whole impeachment trial is Lara Trump,” Graham said “My dear friend Richard Burr, who I like and I’ve been friends to a long time, just made Lara Trump almost a certain nominee for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs.”
“Now certainly I would be behind her because she represents the future of the Republican party,” he added.
CNN discussed Graham’s comment.