Senator Lisa Murkowski called on the Republican Party to look to the future and – using language similar to that of GOP spokesman Liz Cheney – said she “did not embrace Donald Trump’s party.”
The Alaskan senator’s remarks came when GOP lawmakers voting to prosecute Trump said they did not regret their decision despite political costs.
Cheney, the number three Republican in the House, was judged by his Wyoming state party because he was one of 10 GOP deputies who voted to prosecute.
He defended his position and told Fox News that the party “should not hug the former president.”
Meanwhile, Murkowski, who could vote to condemn Trump at the Senate trial beginning Tuesday, told CNN he said the GOP should move towards the future.
“I think we’re in a place where Donald Trump has disappeared, and in terms of his role in the party, that has yet to be determined. But I haven’t accepted Donald Trump’s party yet. I’m looking for the Republican Party,” he said.
John Thune, the Senate’s minority whip, also issued a warning about the former president’s attitude toward Republicans, telling the network, “The longer we are tied to a personality – the cult of personality – I just don’t think it’s a good enduring model for the future.”
GOP MPs who supported the indictment that Trump had incited his followers to attack the Capitol will not regret it, despite mistrust and primary challenges.
Washington State Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, who said he was prepared to face a primary challenge, told CNN he was “at peace” with his vote because, “If the push starts, I will stand by the constitution. “
This opinion was echoed by his representative in Washington, Dan Newhouse, who replied, “Can I say this is a silent question?” when the network asked if he had any second thoughts.
Michigan freshman Peter Meijer, who had previously expressed his horror over the riots on January 6, said he “regrets for a moment” that he voted for the prosecution.
South Carolina Representative Tom Rice. He said he had asked his staff to provide information on the president’s actions on 6 January. “I got these materials and studied them. The more I read, the more angry I became,” he told Charleston newspaper. The post office and courier this week.
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Op-edben The Washington PostRepresentative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said he had received the support of “tens of thousands” of voters for the indictment vote.
He wrote that if the “GOP does not take a job, it could quickly return to the chaos of recent months and the last four years.”
Earlier this month, Michigan MP Fred Upton defended his indictment after being convicted by Allegan County Republicans. In a statement, he said, “Congress must not tolerate any effort to prevent a peaceful transfer of power,” Michigan Live reported.
Ohio MP Anthony Gonzalez said he voted to prosecute because he wanted to fight for the future of the Republican Party, despite the fact that it damaged his chances of running for the Senate in 2022.
“I think this is the right vote, and I think it will send the right message to all future presidents and everyone who is considering filling the Oval Office,” he told NBC last week.
The other Republican congressman behind the indictment was David Valadao of California and John Katko of New York. Asked by CNN if he regretted the vote, Katko replied, “Hell not.”