Why These Republicans Voted for President Trump’s Impeachment

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The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump for a second time on Wednesday, one week after his inflammatory rhetoric incited a mob that stormed the Capitol.

The article of impeachment passed in the Democrat-controlled House charged Trump with “incitement of insurrection,” accusing the president of encouraging his followers to attack the Capitol during a rally last week. Moments after his speech, thousands of supporters invaded the building as Congress met to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Five died in the mayhem, including a Capitol Police officer who was attacked by the mob, and dozens more were injured.

Wednesday’s vote made Trump the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice and laid bare the increasing divide between the president and the Republican Party. At least 10 Republicans voted to impeach Trump while not a single Republican broke with the president when he was impeached the first time in Dec. 2019. In total, the House voted to impeach Trump by a 232 to 197 margin.

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