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Gannett (Erie) Times E-Edition Article-Erie County GOP censures Toomey

Posted by M. C. on March 31, 2021

12 Years too late

There are the democrats-the party of bad plans and republicans-the party of no plans. Both of these are under the direction of War Party, of which Toomey is an official water carrier.

Obedient votes in favor of bloated defense budgets and re-authorizations of the AUMF make Toomey’s allegiances quite clear. Trump made (empty) threats to end the endless wars and bring troops home. That is what caused Republicrats like Toomey to campaign against and censure Trump. Social issues are back of the bus compared to keeping the money flowing to the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Bankster-Complex.

This should be apparent to anyone with their eyes open. I see this censure as an attempt by the party that lost Erie County to appear relevant.

Staff report Erie Times-News The Erie County Republican Party voted last week to censure Sen. Pat Toomey for voting to convict former President Donald Trump on an article of impeachment.

Toomey, who has announced he will not seek reelection in 2022, was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump for incitement of insurrection following the Jan. 6 riot in which Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol in protest of the Congress’ certification of the Electoral College results.

Verel Salmon, chairman of the Erie County Republican Party, said a majority of the local party’s committee members sought to censure Toomey for splitting with Trump, following other county GOP parties across the state.

‘It was a clear majority vote,’ Salmon said. ‘People were so upset by it.’

The Pennsylvania Republican Party in February stopped short of formally censuring Toomey.

Toomey also voted in favor of certifying the election results, including the results from his home state, which helped President Joe Biden surpass the 270-vote mark needed to win the Electoral College. In voting to convict Trump, Toomey said Democrats had clearly sought to remove Trump from office ‘from the moment he won the 2016 election.’

‘However, these facts do not make President Trump’s conduct in response to losing the 2020 election acceptable,’ Toomey said in a statement following his Feb. 13 vote. ‘He began with dishonest, systematic attempts to convince supporters that he had won. His lawful, but unsuccessful, legal challenges failed due to lack of evidence. Then, he applied intense pressure on state and local officials to reverse the election outcomes in their states.

‘When these efforts failed, President Trump summoned thousands to Washington, D.C., and inflamed their passions by repeating disproven allegations about widespread fraud,’ he continued. ‘He urged the mob to march on the Capitol for the explicit purpose of preventing Congress and the vice president from formally certifying the results of the presidential election. All of this to hold on to power despite having legitimately lost.’

Salmon indicated that he still has respect for Toomey, saying that he watched him Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press.

‘He didn’t talk about Trump, but his answers were just masterful. It was absolutely excellent,’ he said, noting that Toomey sided with Trump on most policy issues. ‘That’s the way it goes in the world of politics.’

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., departs Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 13 after the Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial in the Senate. lex Brandon, AP

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