Freshman MP Peter Meijer (R-MI) admitted on Sunday that the vote for the indictment against President Donald Trump last week may have ruined his political career.
Meijer votes against Trump
Parliament voted last week to indict Trump for the second time over the unrest in the Capitol earlier this month. In the impeachment proceedings, Trump was charged with “inciting insurrection”. The impeachment was passed by 232-197 votes, with every Democrat and ten Republicans in the House of Representatives voting in favor.
Meijer was one of ten Republicans who voted for the indictment against Trump, which he himself admitted a day later that “may have been an act of political suicide”.
When Meijer appeared on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, host George Stephanopolous asked, “Are you worried that you ended your career with this vote?”
“Oh, I can very well have,” replied Meijer. “But I think it is also important that we have chosen leaders who not only think about what is in their individual self-interest, not what will be politically expedient, but what we actually need for a country.”
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Meijer explains his reason for voting to indict Trump
At the beginning of the interview, the newly minted Republican congressman explained his reasons for voting against Trump.
“The indictment of a president, especially a president of my own party, was not something we’d ever hoped for. Many of us have thought deeply, ”said Meijer.
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“It wasn’t as easy as saying what’s in our best political interests, but frankly looking at the evidence, looking at the facts of the case, reading the article and asking, ‘Is this our own Experience true? our lived experience? ‘And that was it,’ he continued.
“You know, I think this is a time to reflect, but it is also a time to be accountable. And I am deeply committed to that, ”he added.
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“You know, I am calling on my party to restore confidence, restore the confidence of the voting public and ensure that we never allow the actions that led up to January 6th and the events of January 6th to this outbreak of political violence will be performing on our behalf again, ”said Meijer.
An impeachment trial against Trump in the Senate is expected to take place after Joe Biden was inaugurated later this week.
This piece was written by James Samson on January 18th, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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