Republican Reps. Omera Gonzalez of Washington and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio broke ranks with fellow Latino Republicans in the House and were one of 10 GOP members who voted to accuse President Donald Trump of overcoming his supporters Attacked and deadly attacked his supporters in the Capitol.
“I’m not choosing a side, I’m choosing the truth,” Herrera Beatler said on the House floor. “This is the only way to defeat fear.”
Herrera Beutler, whose father is of Mexican descent, was on the floor of the House when police barricaded the doors as protesters instigated her to go inside. He said in a video. He tweeted Every American should be heartbroken that day, which he then described his feeling.
The day before the vote, in a statement, Herrera Beutler described the violent storm of the Capitol on 6 January as an “attack on democracy” by Trump supporters.
She criticized Trump for doing nothing to stop the attack and for continuing the senators to continue the violence in lockdown, as he sought his support for delaying the Electoral College vote. He called the violence “pathetic”.
The Congress president said in the statement, “The President’s crimes, in my reading of the Constitution, were based on the undisputed evidence we already had.”
Herrera Beutler has served since 2007 when he was appointed as a delegate from a southwestern Washington congressional district. He was re-elected for a sixth term in November with 56 percent of the vote after a hard-fought race. Trump won his district in 2016 and 2020.
Gonzalez, a former pro football player, joined Congress in 2019 and represents Ohio’s 16th Congressional District in the north central part of the state. Gonzalez was re-elected for his second term in November with 63 percent of the vote. Trump won the district with about 53 percent of the vote.
According to a report, he remained locked in his office for seven hours during the violence.
Gonzalez, whose father fled Cuba, said in a statement that as a result of Trump’s actions, “democracy has been shaken.” Gonzalez said he had reached his decision to vote for impeachment after enforcing the law before and after the attack and reviewing the footage. He accused Trump of leaving his post while members sought help.
Gonzalez said, “When I consider the full scope of events to be held by January 6, including the lack of presidential response while the United States Capitol was attacked, I am compelled to support impeachment . “
The House voted 232-197 for impeachment, with four members not voting.
The Republican Latino members who voted against impeachment are Reps. Mike Garcia of California; Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Jimenez, Brian Mast and Maria Elvira Salzar, all of Florida; Nicole Malliotakis of New York, Tony Gonzales of Texas and Alex Mooney of West Virginia.
GOP votes are 10 more than Trump’s first impeachment, when Republicans unanimously voted against impeachment. The Republican vote for Trump’s impeachment is the highest for a president from his own party.
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