Another House Republican is facing consequences from members of his own party after voting to impeach former President Donald Trump.
This time, the Ohio GOP has voted to censure U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and call for his resignation, NBC News reports, after he joined nine other lawmakers in the vote following January’s riot on Capitol Hill.
“Politically motivated impeachment proceeding”
In fact, all 10 GOP legislators were censured in the Ohio measure for “their votes to support the unconstitutional, politically motivated impeachment proceeding against President Donald J. Trump.”
Should Gonzalez refuse his own party’s call to resign, he faces a tough primary challenge from Max Tiller, a former Trump aide planning to run against him.
The GOP has been busy preparing for next year’s midterm races since November’s election, and that includes taking action against those in the party — most notably Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) — who are seen as out of step with the national party line.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the modern Republican Party is largely defined by Trumpism and an “America First” agenda, and anyone who is not on board can expect to find themselves jettisoned.
In response to the vote to censure Gonzalez, Jane Timkin, a former state party chairwoman currently running to replace Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), expressed her approval.
“A sham that betrayed the Constitution”
“As President Trump’s hand-picked Party Chair who traveled 150,000 miles across Ohio supporting his agenda, I fully agree with the censure of Anthony Gonzalez,” she tweeted on Friday. “The impeachment was a sham that betrayed the Constitution and went against Ohioans’ interests.”
The impeachment effort and related narrative that Trump somehow incited the mob that breached the Capitol building on Jan. 6 has widely been used by progressives seeking to diminish the former president’s political influence.
Those Republicans perceived to be assisting Democrats in their goal are increasingly being told that they do not belong in GOP leadership positions.
Republicans are pursuing a unified platform heading into the upcoming election cycle. Barring an unforeseen setback, the GOP appears on track to regain control of the House — but winning back a majority in the Senate could be a trickier proposition.
Trump and other influential forces within the party clearly believe that their chances will be improved if figures like Cheney and Gonzalez are deposed and forgotten.