Sunday, March 3, 2024

Three ‘RINOs’ Draw Ire for Rescuing Mayorkas from Impeachment


(Luis CornelioHeadline USA) Three Republicans are under scrutiny for aligning with Democrats to block the impeachment vote against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. 

In a 216-214 vote, four Republicans—Reps. Ken Buck, Colo.; Mike Gallagher, Wis.; Tom McClintock, Calif.; and Rep. Blake Moore, Utah—joined 212 Democrats to vote no on the impeachment.

Moore switched his vote to ‘no’ to allow Republicans a second vote on the motion. In contrast, Buck, Gallagher and McClintock cited a lack of evidence in the impeachment proceedings, sparking a wave of criticism on Twitter.

“TIME TO NAME AND SHAME!” tweeted Libs of TikTok. “The 3 RINOS who voted with Democrats against impeaching Mayorkas,” the account added, providing their office phone numbers. 

“Shameful!” posted conservative commentator Leo Terrell, labeling the Republicans as “RINOS.” Similarly, Twitter personality Gunther Eagleman chimed in: “RINOs mess up everything.”

Mayorkas faced an impeachment vote over unprecedented illegal immigration stemming from his alleged refusal to enforce immigration laws. However, Buck stated he did not see evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors, both required for an impeachment. Similarly, Gallagher, in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, argued that the impeachment vote wouldn’t solve the border crisis.

In response, conservative TV host Lou Dobbs called on House Speaker Mike Johnson to remove Gallagher from his position as the chair of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party. “Gallagher aligned himself in one vote with the Mexican drug cartels, the Biden Regime, and the deaths of more than a 100,000 Americans,” Dobbs said.

A spokesperson for Johnson stated on Twitter that House Republicans “fully intend” to bring the impeachment vote for a second time once the votes for passage are confirmed.

Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., couldn’t vote for impeachment as he was receiving cancer treatment. However, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., a strong proponent of impeachment, affirmed that the vote would be reintroduced.

House Republicans were only able to afford loosing three votes as their majority has slimmed since 2022.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., drew attention to former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who left the House after being removed as speaker. “Wouldn’t it have been nice to still have Kevin McCarthy in the House of Representatives?” Gaetz asked during a Newsmax interview. “Never thought you’d hear me say that.” 

At the time of his resignation, McCarthy was criticized as selfish for quitting and thus reducing the Republican majority.

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