Republicans in York County in Pennsylvania rebuked Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., for his vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial, censuring him within hours of Trump’s acquittal.
“For the past four years, Sen. Toomey sat silently as a hyper-partisan Democrat Congress relentlessly attacked President Trump, impeaching him twice on fabricated charges,” Pennsylvania state House Rep. Dawn Keefer said in a release issued by the York County GOP. “Given his recent support of the second unconstitutional impeachment effort against a president, who is no longer in office, the York County Republican Committee has reached the limits of its frustration.”
The release said the vote to censure Toomey was near unanimous.
Toomey was one of seven Senate Republicans to vote to convict, an effort that fell 10 votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority needed.
“It is so sad that Sen. Toomey has never attempted to reach out the York county Republican Party to justify his vote to proceed with the House’s impeachment of President Trump without an investigation evidence or due process,” York County GOP Chairman Jeff Piccola said. “After weeks of ignoring his constituents, he has now demonstrated a lack of respect for our Constitution and the people who placed him into office. His participation in and support of a kangaroo court trial created by crazed, partisan Democrats, over which the Supreme Court chief justice refused to preside, is insulting to all Pennsylvanians.”
Ten House Republicans voted to impeach Trump, in addition to the seven Republican senators, nearly all of which have been faced condemnation from local party officials.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., was asked to resign by Wyoming state Republican officials as well as county officials after she voted to impeach.
York, a county of nearly a half million people in south central Pennsylvania, is overwhelmingly Republican with all but one county-wide office holder from the GOP and all but one representative to the state legislature a Republican.
The 59-year-old Toomey, who represented the state’s 15th Congressional District when it was centered in the Lehigh Valley in northeastern Pennsylvania, has said he will not seek reelection in 2022.
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