A Republican congressman just made a shocking confession.
According to Townhall, freshman Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) agreed with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that his vote to impeach President Donald Trump last week “may have been political suicide.”
“I may very well have”
Meijer made the admission during an appearance on ABC’s This Week. “You said your vote may have been political suicide,” Stephanopolous said of the congressman’s vote in favor of impeaching the president for “inciting an insurrection” on the U.S. Capitol, according to Townhall.
“That caught the attention of one of the president’s advisors, Jason Miller, who retweeted it,” the host added. “Are you concerned you ended your career with that vote?”
Meijer was blunt in his answer. “I may very well have,” he said, according to Mediaite, “but I think it’s also important that we have elected leaders who are not thinking solely about what’s in their individual self-interest, not what is going to be politically expedient, but what we actually need for the country.”
Meijer went on to defend Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who also voted to impeach, amid calls for her step down from her role as the No. 3 Republican in the House.
“I’ve been very impressed by the leadership that Liz Cheney has shown,” the congressman said, according to a transcript from ABC News. “We differ on many issues, but in terms of somebody who is putting the best interest of the country forward, she has demonstrated that in her actions over the past two weeks.”
A look ahead
Meijer was also asked Sunday whether it’s “time for the Republican Party to move on from President Trump.” And while the congressman didn’t directly address the question, he did suggest that there’s a “line that we must draw” in response to politically charged violence.
“I think it’s time that we acknowledge that what happened on January 6 was a betrayal of what had been accomplished over the past four years, that it was a culmination of a politics that had all too often, you know, fanned flames rather than focusing on — on building and governing,” he said, according to ABC.
“You know, the president brought some necessary energy,” Meijer said. “He brought some necessary ideas. He shook the tree. He was a change agent. The challenge was that he — he didn’t know when to stop, and he didn’t draw a line.”
Unfortunately for Meijer, the line he drew may indeed spell an end to his political aspirations. Despite being impeached for a second time by the House, President Trump remains as popular as ever, and a recent poll found that 80% of pro-Trump voters and 76% of Republicans are less likely to cast their ballots again for a lawmaker who voted to impeach President Trump, according to Newsmax.
Maybe Meijer can find a gig with the Democrats after he gets ousted in 2022.