Republican Congressman Anthony Gonzalez was censured by the Ohio Republican Party this past week, alongside another nine GOP lawmakers, over their role in voting in favor of former President Donald Trump's impeachment. But the Ohio Republican Party isn't stopping with merely censuring Gonzalez; now they want him to submit in his resignation letter.
"On Friday, the party's governing board called on Gonzalez, R-Rocky River, to resign in a divided vote. They also voted to censure Gonzalez and nine other members of Congress for "their votes to support the unconstitutional, politically motivated impeachment proceeding against President Donald J. Trump," according to the resolution," The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
While Ohio has long been considered a swing state, home to more moderate Republicans such as Senator Rob Portman and former Speaker of the House John Boehner, the modern-day Ohio GOP has taken steps to align themselves with the party of Trump, made ever so clear by the move to oust "RINO's" (Republicans only in name) such as Gonzalez.
Ohio State senator Shannon Burns, a member of the state's central committee, has since called for Gonzalez to resign, stating that he "betrayed his constituents" and "demonstrated a hidden vendetta against" the former president. Burns went onto claim that Gonzalez "relied on his emotions rather than the will of his constituents and any credible facts" when considering the Trump impeachment charges.
"Ohio Republicans had planned to vote on censuring Gonzalez and the other House Republicans on Friday, but a resolution to call for Gonzalez's resignation was first introduced during the meeting, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Republican Party told CNN, and was then passed by the central committee," CNN reported on Friday.
In January, following his vote to impeach Trump, Gonzalez said in a statement that he took the measure to impeach over the president's role to "incite a mob that attacked the United States Congress." Gonzalez further argued that Trump "abandoned his post while many members asked for help, thus further endangering all present."
Gonzalez's primary challenger, Max Miller, who has been endorsed by Trump, also seized on the move to censure, tweeting, "The Ohio GOP has voted to hold Anthony Gonzalez accountable for abandoning his constituents, his promises, and the Republican Party. Regardless if he resigns or not, we are going to continue spreading our strong, pro-Trump, America First message to every corner of this district."
While the vote to venture Gonzalez wasn't a focal point of Cleveland conservative radio host Bob Frantz, the vote did receive the support of pro-Trump candidates in the state.
"From day one, I have strongly supported efforts to censure and expel traitor Congressmen like Anthony Gonzalez who voted to impeach President Trump," said far-right Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel.
The move to censure Gonzalez comes as GOP leaders back in Washinton, D.C. tussle with the prospects of ousting House Republican chairwoman Liz Cheney from her post over her staunch opposition to Trump as early as Wednesday. While Trump-friendly allies say Republican New York Rep. Elise Stefanik should take over Cheney's role, many Trumpworld characters argue Stefanik might not be loyal enough to Trump. "Others, like pundits Ann Coulter and Raheem Kassam, editor in chief of the populist online outlet National Pulse, went on a retweeting spree, highlighting writer after writer, tweet after tweet, questioning Stefanik's commitment to the Trump movement's core tenets, particularly on immigration," Politico noted on Friday.
Democracy in America could end and the cause could be the refusal of Republicans to hurt Donald Trump's feelings.
At a campaign rally in October, Trump worried about what would happen if he lost to Joe Biden.
"Could you imagine if I lose?" Trump said at a rally in Georgia. "My whole life, what am I going to do? I'm going to say, 'I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics.' I'm not going to feel so good. Maybe I'll have to leave the country. I don't know."
Of course, Trump went on to be the first Republican to lose Georgia in 28 years -- all while losing the presidency.
Trump's hurt feelings could now be driving the GOP voter suppression efforts, according to David Plouffe, who managed Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.
"And listen, Donald Trump is not the leader of a political party, he is a cult leader," Plouffe told MSNBC's Brian Williams.
"And what's surprising to me is this is somebody who ran for president twice and failed to get more than 47% of the vote either time. Black swan event in 2016, he got a narrow elective college majority. This is not somebody who did well in presidential elections," he said.
"And the big sin, of course, is they want to put themselves in charge of basically deciding who won elections. Not election officials, hack Republican legislators all to basically to coddle Donald Trump's feeling," he explained.
"It is a remarkable thing, we could lose our country because these Republican politicians don't want to hurt Donald Trump's feelings," Plouffe concluded.
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The controversial Arizona audit of the 2020 election has been widely panned, getting the John Oliver treatment on Sunday evening.
"It makes us look like idiots," told The New York Times.
Now one Arizona Republican has identified the one person in the state who can put an end to the circus.
"I can complain about it, but at the end of the day it's driven by leadership," Boyer told KTAR News 92.3 FM's Gaydos and Chad.
Boyer said Republican Senate President Karen Fann has the power to end the audit.
"If the Senate president was willing to say enough is enough, then certainly," he said. "But can one state senator make that call? No."
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