(WBTV/AP) - North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr released a statement after his fellow GOP lawmakers voted to censure him following his impeachment vote.
On Saturday, Burr voted to convict former President Donald Trump during Trump’s second impeachment trial.
Then, on Monday, the North Carolina Republican Party voted to censure Burr over his vote.
“It is truly a sad day for North Carolina Republicans,” Burr said. “My party’s leadership has chosen loyalty to one man over the core principles of the Republican Party and the founders of our great nation.”
NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley says the resolution is merely symbolic and aims to express the state party’s disappointment with Burr’s decision.
Burr is one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump of “incitement of insurrection” on Saturday.
Burr had previously said the impeachment proceeding was unconstitutional.
Trump was acquitted after falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for conviction.
Burr said in a statement after the trial that Trump “bears responsibility” for the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
The N.C. GOP released this statement:
“Tonight, the North Carolina Republican Party Central Committee voted unanimously to censure Senator Richard Burr for his vote to convict former President Trump in the impeachment trial which he declared to be unconstitutional.
The NCGOP agrees with the strong majority of Republicans in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate that the Democrat-led attempt to impeach a former President lies outside the United States Constitution.
Now that the Senate has voted to acquit President Trump, we hope that Democrats will set aside their divisive partisan agenda and focus on the American priorities of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, safely reopening schools and restarting the economy.”
The N.C. Democratic Party also responded:
“The North Carolina Republican Party is in an all out civil war. Today’s censure vote against their senior Senator for a vote of conscience in the most bipartisan conviction of a president in history proves this is the Donald Trump Party above all else.
North Carolinians are already fleeing the party by the thousands, donors are closing their checkbooks, and political leaders are withdrawing their support after North Carolina Republicans helped incite a dangerous attack on our Capitol, and the fallout is only growing.
It’s clear -- North Carolina Republicans are already in a bitter civil war that will shape not only the messy primary to replace Senator Burr but also the party for years to come.”
N.C. Republican Senator Thom TIllis released this statement:
“Richard Burr is a great friend and a great senator who has a distinguished record of serving the people of North Carolina. He voted his conscience.”