As multiple polls indicate massive majority support for President Trump among grassroots Republicans, the RINO politicians in The House and Senate are facing almost certain retribution from their state and local party leadership for their betrayal not only of President Trump, but of their constituents. Censures are coming down like rain on RINO backs, but it’s time to move past censure and talk about expulsion. It’s time to start the trending Tags #ExpelRINOs and #TrumpsRevenge.
Donald Trump Jr., whom many regard as the future vanguard of the Republican party, has called for Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) expulsion already. A @Politics_Polls Twitter poll showed Trump Jr. would place third behind only his father and former VP Mike Pence in a hypothetical 2024 primary. Pence’s polling has no doubt fallen off following his Jan. 6th decision not to halt the Electoral College count on grounds of massive irregularity and serious allegations of election fraud.
Mitt Romney is forever bitter that he will never be POTUS. He was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he’s joining them now.
He’s now officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from the @GOP.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 5, 2020
Meanwhile, following the failed ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Cheney is facing a probable Primary challenge and extreme blowback from her state GOP.
Could The RNC Expel RINO Members?
According to Fox News, there is no mechanism for expelling a member of the GOP (even a RINO), but it is clear that the State level GOP has the power to police their own members. And these Congressmen and Senators may quickly find themselves frozen out of the ground game in their home states, a political death sentence.
Fox News wrote,
“The Republican National Committee has nothing in its rules about expelling an individual member from the party. In fact, while it is active as a campaign arm of the GOP and provides guidance to state parties and individual members on the general direction of the party, the RNC typically only has full control over the national party convention it hosts every four years. Most of its rules have to do with filling various party offices, delegate selection for the national convention and the procedure by which its convention runs.”
RINO Censure by State & Local Republican Parties
This is a compiled list from multiple sources of the actions taken by both state and county level GOP leaders in response to the vote to impeach President Trump. Here we note: censure, calls for RINO resignation and announced primary challenges.
According to Business Insider,
“The senators who voted to find Trump guilty on a charge of inciting the January 6 insurrection on the US Capitol are Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. ”
Sen. Richard Burr- “The North Carolina Republican Party’s central committee held an emergency meeting on Monday night where it voted unanimously to censure Burr. ”
Sen. Bill Cassidy- “The Louisiana Republican Party’s Executive Committee censured Cassidy in a unanimous vote on Saturday evening, just hours after the impeachment vote.”
Sen. Susan Collins- “In Maine, the chair of state’s Republican party told members in an email “to be prepared for an emergency state committee meeting in the near future” over Collins’ conviction vote, the Bangor Daily News reported.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski- “Murkowski is the only one of the seven senators up for reelection in 2022. She’ll be somewhat insulated from a primary challenge from the right, however, due to Alaska adopting nonpartisan top-four primaries and ranked-choice voting beginning in 2022.”
Sen. Mitt Romney- “In Utah, a number of Republicans are circulating a petition to censure Romney, who is up for reelection next in 2024, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. The petition asserts that Romney “appears to be an agent for the Establishment Deep State” and “misrepresented himself as a Republican” during his 2018 campaign. ”
Sen. Ben Sasse- “Several Nebraska Republican activists were already pushing to censure Sasse, one of the bluntest and most vocal GOP critics of Trump’s role in the January 6 riots, prior to his vote to convict Trump. Sasse too is not up for reelection until 2026. “You are welcome to censure me,” Sasse told the Nebraska GOP in a February 5 video statement.”
Sen. Pat Toomey- “Leaders of at least five county-level Republican parties have moved to censure Toomey already, KDKA News reported”
RINOs In The House
The Hill reports that, The Members of Congress who voted in favor or impeachment are; Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.),Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.),Rep. Dan Newhouse (Wash.),Rep. Tom Rice (S.C.),Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.),Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Rep. John Katko (N.Y.), Rep. Peter Meijer (Mich.) and Rep. David Valadao (Calif.).
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler -The Washington State Republican Party publicly rebuked Herrera Beutler. There is currently a petition circling to the Washington GOP to replace Rep. Beutler on the 2022 ticket.
Rep. Liz Cheney -Cheney was censured by the Wyoming Republican Party as well as 13 of the state’s 23 counties: Albany, Big Horn, Carbon, Cook, Fremont, Hot Springs, Johnson, Lincoln, Park, Sheridan, Sweetwater, Washakie and Weston. Newsweek reported that “Anthony Bouchard, a Wyoming state senator, announced on January 20 that he will challenge Cheney in 2022. Bouchard cited Cheney’s “long-time opposition to President Trump and her most recent vote for Impeachment” as reasons he got into the race.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger-The La Salle County Republican Central Committee censured Kinzinger. WSJ writes that “Diante Johnson, an organizer with Black Voices for Trump last year and a field organizer with Trump’s 2016 campaign, has told associates he may launch a challenge to Rep. Adam Kinzinger”
Rep. Dan Newhouse -Newhouse was chastised by the Washington State Republican Party. “Brad Klippert has already announced a challenge to incumbent Newhouse in 2022 after the latter’s backing to impeach Trump.” And, GOP leaders of six counties have called for his resignation.
Rep. Tom Rice-The South Carolina Republican Party censured Rice. The New York Times wrote that Rice is facing two possible primary opponents.
Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.)-Upton was censured by the Cass County Republican Party and Allegan County Republican Party.
Rep. Peter Meijer (Mich.)- The Calhoun County Republican Party’s executive committee in west Michigan has censured GOP Rep. Peter Meijer over his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. According to The Detroit News. Newsweek Reports that Tom Norton, a Trump supporter, said he will challenge Meijer in the 2022 Republican primary.
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (OH)- According to Newsweek, “In Ohio, Gonzalez faces a potential primary challenge from Christina Hagan, a former state legislator whom he defeated in a 2018 primary.”
Rep. David Valadao (Calif)- Valadao’s “vote to impeach Trump prompted Army veteran and former Fresno City Councilman Chris Mathys, a Republican, to announce plans to challenge Valadao in the next election.”