The Republican Party of Louisiana is condemning U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican, for his vote to convict Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection at today’s impeachment trial.
“We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the vote today by Sen. Cassidy to convict former President Trump,” the party said today, announcing that the party had voted unanimously to formally censure him for his vote.
The Louisiana GOP did not offer a defense for Trump’s actions leading up to or on Jan. 6, the day of the Capitol attack that led to Trump’s impeachment.
“Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person. I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty,” Sen. Bill Cassidy said this afternoon after the vote.
Though condemned by his own party, Cassidy earned praise from former Sen. Mary Landrieu, his Democratic predecessor whom he unseated in 2014.
“Today, Senator Bill Cassidy distinguished himself in an extraordinary demonstration of political courage. He opened his eyes to the evidence and his heart to the precious values and aspirations of our country,” said in a tweet thread. “He met the standard of a true patriot that this historic moment required. Many millions of Americans are sincerely grateful.”