As former President Donald Trump faces a second Senate impeachment trial, some Republicans in Massachusetts want to see Gov. Charlie Baker censured for expressing support for the effort.
“We need to unite our Republican Party and a major reason we’re divided is Charlie Baker,” Adam Lange, a Cape Cod Republican who supports Trump and is pushing for a censure of Baker, told The Boston Herald.
“The message we’re sending is we are united as Republicans behind Donald Trump,” he added.
According to the newspaper, Baker said he supported impeaching Trump a second time after Vice President Mike Pence opted not to remove Trump from office through the 25th Amendment.
“I said at the time that I believe that Vice President Pence should be empowered to manage the transition to a new administration, and I continue to believe that,” Baker said on Jan. 13. “I also said that there were a number of means and mechanisms that were available to deal with that at that point in time. Since then, several have been taken off the table.”
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Earlier this month, Trump was impeached for a historic second time by the House of Representatives after House Democrats charged him with “incitement of insurrection” for goading his supporters in Washington, D.C., in the lead up to the riot that engulfed the Capitol building and left five dead on Jan. 6.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, lawmakers from both major parties condemned the violence. But Senate Republicans appear not as willing to convict him for his role in what happened.
Former U.S. Senate candidate and avid Trump supporter Geoff Diehl told the Herald that Baker should “retract his stance.”
Meanwhile, Florida Sen. Maro Rubio called the Senate trial “stupid,” the Herald reports.
“I think it’s counterproductive,” Rubio said. “We already have a flaming fire in this country and it’s like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire.”
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