The North Carolina Republican Party voted unanimously to censure Sen. Richard Burr after he voted to convict President Trump for inciting an insurrection preceding the Capitol protests on Jan. 6.
A censure does not remove a senator from office. It merely acts as “a formal statement of disapproval…that can have a powerful psychological effect on a member and his/her relationships in the Senate.” Members of his own party railed against Burr following his vote to convict. The chair of the North Carolina GOP released a scathing statement condemning Burr for his vote, “North Carolina Republicans sent Senator Burr to the United States Senate to uphold the Constitution and his vote today confirms that is no longer is main objective.”
His vote to convict has cleared the path for another Trump, Eric’s wife Lara, to run for public office. Sen. Burr announced that he will not seek reelection for next term.
Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke up about Trump’s Senate chances:
“Lara Trump is the biggest winner in the Senate impeachment trial,” Graham said in an interview. “My dear friend Richard Burr just made certain another Trump will be a candidate for public office.“ I think she represents the future of the Republican party, so I certainly will be behind her,” added Graham.
Burr released a statement on Saturday attempting to explain his vote to convict, describing January 6 as “a grim day in American history.” He referred to the protest as “an undermining of our democratic institutions and an attempt to overturn the will of the American people through intimidation, force and violence.”
Burr backtracked on his initial feelings about the Senate impeachment trial. He admitted he believed it was unconstitutional to convict a private citizen for impeachment, but quickly changed tuned once Senate voted in favor of jurisdiction, allowing the trial to proceed.
He referred to himself as an “impartial juror” with a role “to determine whether House managers have effectively made their case to impeach former President Donald Trump.”
His statement continued:
Full Sen. Richard Burr statement on his guilty vote: pic.twitter.com/p1USCPMJWW
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) February 13, 2021
Burr added that on January 6, he said Trump bears responsibility for the events that took place.