Thursday, June 17, 2021

Two Republican Latinos Voted to Impeach Trump

Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington and Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio were among 10 Republican members who voted to impeach Trump because he incited a riot in the Capitol.

When interviewed, Rep. Herrera stated, “The President of the United States incited a riot aiming to halt the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next. I’m not choosing a side, I’m choosing truth. It’s the only way to defeat fear.” Herrera, who is of Mexican descent, was on the House floor as the Capitol police barricaded the doors as domestic terrorist tried to get in. She described the storming of the Capitol as “an assault on democracy.”

She also criticized Trump for not taking action to stop the attack and continuing to call Senators in lockdown as the violence increased. Rep. Herrera further stated, “The President’s offenses, in my reading of the Constitution, were impeachable based on the indisputable evidence we already have.”

Rep. Gonzalez, who is of Cuban descent and joined Congress in 2019, was locked in his office for seven hours as the Capitol riots occurred. In a statement he said, that “as a result of Trump’s actions, democracy has been shaken.” He decided to vote for impeachment after speaking with law enforcement and reviewing videos before and after the attack. He also accused Trump of not taking any action while members asked for help.

Rep. Gonzalez further stated, “When I consider the full scope of events leading up to January 6th including the President’s lack of response while the United States Capitol was under attack, I am compelled to support impeachment.” The House of Representatives voted 232-197 in favor of impeachment, with only four members not voting. The rest of the Republican Latino members who voted against Trump’s impeachment are; Mike Garcia of California; Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Gimenez, Brian Mast and Maria Elvira Salazar, all of Florida; Nicole Malliotakis of New York; Tony Gonzales of Texas; and Alex Mooney of West Virginia.

The Republican votes are 10 more than Trump’s first impeachment last year. The 10 votes are also the most from a president’s own party in history.

NBC