Feb 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Bill Cassidy defends voting to convict Trump after backlash

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA.) is seen in the Senate Reception Room during the fifth day of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill on February 13
Sen. Bill Cassidy in the Senate Reception Room on Capitol Hill on Saturday. Photo: Greg Nash/Pool/Getty Images

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) wrote an op-ed Sunday outlining his decision to vote to convict former President Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, saying he did so "because he is guilty."

Why it matters: Cassidy has faced backlash in his home state, with the Republican Party of Louisiana voting unanimously on Saturday to censure him.

What he's saying: Cassidy said in his op-ed for Louisiana newspaper the Advocate said he voted to find Trump guilty because "that's what the facts demand."

  • "I have no illusions that this is a popular decision," he added. "I made this decision because Americans should not be fed lies about 'massive election fraud.'
  • "Police should not be left to the mercy of a mob. Mobs should not be inflamed to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power."
  • Cassidy noted that "even as Vice President Mike Pence was being evacuated to a safe location by Secret Service agents because the mob was approaching the Senate chamber, President Trump was calling Senators trying to block certification."

The big picture: Trump has vowed to make a comeback after the Senate failed to reach the two-thirds majority necessary to convict him on Saturday, and he has the support of many in the GOP — including the Republican Party of Louisiana.

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