North Carolina GOP censures Richard Burr after his vote to convict Trump of inciting an insurrection

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The North Carolina Republican Party unanimously voted to censure Sen. Richard Burr after he voted to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection.

“Tonight, the North Carolina Republican Party Central Committee 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 party’s central committee said in a statement on Monday.

“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,” the statement added.

Burr joined six other Republicans on Saturday in voting to convict the former president of inciting an insurrection ahead of the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. Trump was acquitted.

“It is truly a sad day for North Carolina Republicans,” Burr said of 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.”

The North Carolina Republican voted earlier in February that it was unconstitutional to try Trump in the Senate because he was no longer president.

Burr has said he will not seek reelection in 2022.

He is not the only Republican who has faced censure over a vote to convict Trump. The Louisiana GOP unanimously voted to censure Sen. Bill Cassidy. There are also calls to censure Sens. Mitt Romney and Susan Collins.