Three Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of impeaching Donald Trump for his alleged role in the January 6th riot at the Capitol will face primary challenges on Tuesday.
Representatives Peter Meijer (R-MI), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and Dan Newhouse (R-WA), will all be fighting for their political lives against primary opponents who have the backing of the former President.
Meijer, who voted in favor of establishing a bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol insurrection and said he doesn’t regret his impeachment vote, “Not for a second,” will face off against Trump-endorsed John Gibbs in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.
“This is a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican party,” Gibbs told the Washington Post. “What’s happening in my race is similar to what’s going on in the rest of the country. People feel the party isn’t representing what they want.”
On August 2nd, we can defeat 3 Republicans, who voted to impeach President Trump:
John Gibbs, @votejohngibbs
Fire Herrera Beutler
Joe Kent, @joekent16jan19
Loren Culp, @LorenCulp
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) July 27, 2022
Republicans Who Voted to Impeach Trump Face Difficult Primaries
Beutler and Newhouse, who also voted to impeach Trump, will be facing difficult primaries as well Tuesday. The two, like Meijer, voted in favor of establishing an independent commission to investigate the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
Beutler will be going up against several opponents in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District primary, including Army Special Forces veteran Joe Kent who received the endorsement of the former President.
Kent claims momentum in his race because “people are still furious” that she voted to impeach Trump.
The Republican establishment wants 22’ to be a referendum against America 1st, they want controlled weak republicans who vote as they are told.
In the last week 2.5 million has been spent against me b/c I’m leading in the polls & Beutler might not make the top 2.
— Joe Kent for WA-3 (@joekent16jan19) July 24, 2022
Newhouse meanwhile, said his impeachment vote was due to Trump’s “inaction” during the riot and added that “our country needed a leader, and President Trump failed to fulfill his oath of office.”
He faces former police chief Loren Culp in Washington’s 4th Congressional District primary. Culp also received an endorsement from the likely 2024 Republican presidential nominee. The two will be facing six other nominees (5 Republicans and 1 Democrat).
“Having the endorsement of President Trump is huge,” Culp said.
The media likes to only point to Newhouse voting to impeach President Trump for the reason I’m running against him. They ignore his voting with Democrats 40-50% of the time, funding planned parenthood to murder babies, voting for red flag laws etc. At his core he is a D.
— Loren Culp (@LorenCulp) August 1, 2022
Bad Track Record For Those Who Voted to Impeach
If history is any indicator, those Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump are going to struggle in their respective primaries.
Just over one month ago, Representative Tom Rice was soundly defeated in the Republican primary for South Carolina’s 7th District. Rice lost to Russell Fry, the South Carolina State House’s majority whip who earned Trump’s endorsement, doubling up his votes.
U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 insurrection, has been ousted from Congress in his South Carolina GOP primary. Rice was defeated by state Rep. Russell Fry, who was backed by Trump. https://t.co/JXYD2GA1R0 pic.twitter.com/m7dVFme649
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 15, 2022
Another impeacher, Wyoming’s Liz Cheney, is trailing her primary opponent, Harriet Hageman, a Wyoming attorney who has the backing of Trump, by a whopping 22 percentage points.
“I think she has a lot of work to do if she hopes to win the primary,” said @SenJohnBarrasso.@RepLizCheney is trailing significantly behind Trump-endorsed challenger @HagemanforWY in the race for #Wyoming’s lone US House seat, a recent poll shows. https://t.co/QTf1FLUfi0
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) July 25, 2022
Never Trump Republican Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) announced months ago that he was leaving Congress.