Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, one of 10 House GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, was forced to concede defeat in her primary race in Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District.
“Though my campaign came up short this time, I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished together for the place where I was raised and still call home,” she said in a statement.
Still, Beutler (WA) appeared content with her decision to vote for Trump’s impeachment based on his alleged role in the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
“I’m proud that I always told the truth, stuck to my principles, and did what I knew to be best for our country,” the soon-to-be former congresswoman said.
Trump-endorsed Joe Kent defeated incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA03), who voted to impeach President Trump.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) August 10, 2022
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler Falls After Impeachment Vote
Jaime Herrera Beutler fell to Army Special Forces veteran Joe Kent, who received the endorsement of the former President and has been making a huge splash among America First conservatives.
Kent claimed he would be victorious in his race because “people are still furious” that Herrera Beutler voted to impeach Trump.
Now, she has become the first incumbent to be defeated in the 3rd Congressional District since 1994, ending her six-term House career.
Another pro-impeachment Republican goes down. https://t.co/naISJivFBl
— Kristina Wong (@kristina_wong) August 10, 2022
Trump took to his Truth Social media platform to celebrate Kent’s victory and take a little jab at Jamie Herrera Beutler for her impeachment vote.
“Joe Kent just won an incredible race against all odds in Washington State,” he said in a statement. “Importantly, he knocked out yet another impeacher, Jaime Herrera Beutler, who so stupidly played right into the hands of the Democrats.”
Joe Kent just won an incredible race against all odds in Washington state. pic.twitter.com/DSjPcL7nNM
— The Dirty Truth (Josh) (@AKA_RealDirty) August 10, 2022
Seven Down, Three to Go
Jamie Herrera Beutler joins seven other Republicans who voted to impeach Trump and subsequently put their careers on the scrap heap of political history.
Last week, as The Political Insider reported, Representative Peter Meijer lost his Michigan primary battle against John Gibbs. Gibbs, an official who served within the Trump administration, had the backing of the former President.
Meijer, like Beutler, did “not for a second” regret his impeachment vote, a personal stand which might get you a recurring contributor role on CNN but doesn’t make you suited as a Republican representative in Congress.
John Gibbs took a call early Wednesday, Aug. 3, from former President Donald Trump congratulating him on his victory over Congressman Peter Meijer in the GOP primary.
“I’ll see you soon,” Trump said. “I’m very proud of you. That’s a great job.” pic.twitter.com/QnCiqYkOOV
— Muskegon Chronicle (@MuskegonChron) August 3, 2022
Additionally, Tom Rice was soundly defeated in the Republican primary for South Carolina’s 7th District in June, and Adam Kinzinger (IL), Anthony Gonzalez (OH), Fred Upton (MI), and John Katko (NY), all decided to flee Congress after voting to impeach Trump.
That’s seven down and three to go.
Next on the chopping block may very well be Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, who has abandoned all pretense of even trying to win her primary next week, instead promoting her work on the January 6 anti-Trump committee and trotting out her even more unpopular father, Dick Cheney, to help prop her up.
Dick Cheney: “In our nation’s 246 year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our Republic than Donald Trump.”
This is an ad Liz Cheney is now running for her failing. campaign. pic.twitter.com/eT7WyakSVs
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 4, 2022
The New York Times notes that Cheney has essentially abandoned Wyoming voters while polls show her “losing badly to her rival, Harriet Hageman, Mr. Trump’s vehicle for revenge.”
The two Republicans who voted to impeach and have thus far survived are Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA), who managed to advance to the general election, and Representative David Valadao (R-CA), who fended off a primary challenge in June.
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