Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) published an op-ed over the weekend slamming Republicans for attacking him after he voting to convict former President Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
“Rather than defending the Constitution, President Trump was actively subverting the peaceful transfer of power, which is a bedrock principle of the Constitution,” Cassidy wrote in The Advocate.
“Even as Vice President Mike Pence was being evacuated to a safe location by Secret Service agents because the mob was approaching the Senate chamber, President Trump was calling Senators trying to block certification,” he added.
Cassidy bashed Trump for failing to activate the National Guard and refusing to curb his rhetoric to quell the mob “at the first opportunity.” Since Trump didn’t testify, Cassidy wrote that he was forced to rely on the timeline of Trump’s tweets and his public statements, including his dissemination of voter fraud conspiracy theories, to inform his vote.
“I voted to convict former President Trump because he is guilty,” Cassidy wrote. “That’s what the facts demand.”
“I have no illusions that this is a popular decision,” he continued. “I made this decision because Americans should not be fed lies about ‘massive election fraud.’ Police should not be left to the mercy of a mob. Mobs should not be inflamed to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.”
You can read his full op-ed HERE.