On Tuesday night, a Republican from South Carolina who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for the January 6 Capitol raid paid the consequences.
Rep. Tom Rice lost the Republican primary to state Rep. Russell Fry, according to The New York Times. Rice is the fifth of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump to lose their seat, as four others have elected to retire.
As of Wednesday, 95 percent of votes had been reported, and Fry had received 51,1 percent of the vote. In contrast, rice only received 24.5 percent. Throughout the campaign, Rice defended his impeachment vote with steadfastness. A week prior to the primary election, he stated that he would vote the same way.
Rice reportedly stated, “Defend the Constitution — that’s what I did,” according to MSNBC executive producer Kyle Griffin. “That was the conservative vote … I was livid. I am livid today about it. I took an oath to protect the Constitution. I did it then, and I would do it again tomorrow.”
Republican Tom Rice on his vote to impeach Trump to ABC: "Defend the Constitution — that's what I did. That was the conservative vote … I was livid. I am livid today about it. I took an oath to protect the Constitution. I did it then, and I would do it again tomorrow."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 6, 2022
Meanwhile, Fry continually attacked Rice for her impeachment vote and garnered Trump’s support.
“Tom Rice broke the trust of the people of the Pee Dee and Grand Strand when he voted to impeach President Donald Trump,” Fry said on his website, according to a separate New York Times piece.
Obviously, Democrats have been ready to portray Rice as a hero for standing up to Trump, whom they view as a terrible tyrant.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“Tom Rice carried himself with integrity and dignity,” leftist pundit Tim Miller wrote on Twitter. “So of course, he is getting thrust out. It’s all so dispiriting.”
However, the reality is Trump did nothing on Jan. 6, 2021, that would merit impeachment, and Rice is now facing the consequences for his ridiculous vote.
Since no one on the sham impeachment committee has accurately recalled what Trump said on that day, here is a clip from the rally that preceded the incursion at the Capitol.
“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” Trump said.
Why aren’t Democrats showing this clip? pic.twitter.com/gRwBX86JJk
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 10, 2022
Whenever Democrats talk about Jan. 6, they never mention this line because it completely debunks the idea that Trump somehow “incited violence.” Trump urged his supporters to protest peacefully, which is a right explicitly given to Americans in the Constitution. Read more…