Republicans Say Dems Will Pay For Voting To Dismiss Mayorkas Impeachment Trial

Two articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas were killed in the Senate on Wednesday after the upper chamber deemed the articles of impeachment unconstitutional.

The impeachment trial proceedings have been followed by warnings from Republicans that vulnerable Senate Democrats would face heavy consequences in the November general elections for their votes.

In a joint statement, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), Senate Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) and Republican conference Chairwoman (R-NY) said, “The American people will hold Senate Democrats accountable for this shameful display.”

Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) also made a statement, saying, “Every Democrat will pay a heavy price in November for willfully refusing to end this border crisis.”

“History will not be forgiving of Democrats’ decision to table this hearing. The American people will hold Mayorkas accountable at the ballot box this November,” Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KN) said in his statement.

For Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Democrats who voted against the articles of impeachment disregarded their sworn “duty to the American people.”

The dismissal of Mayorkas’ impeachment trial set a precedent in the Senate, as charges and trials have only been dismissed when the individual impeached had resigned or was no longer in office.

According to Coryn, Democrats’ decision to set that precedent in the history of the Senate is part of a larger effort “to sweep the Biden administration’s failing border policies under the rug.”

The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s statement through spokesman Tate Mitchell read, “Senate Democrats just showed voters they will do nothing to hold Joe Biden and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas accountable for the disastrous border policies that caused this crisis.”

In the impeachment proceedings on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) proposed a point of order declaring the first article, which accused Mayorkas of engaging in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” at the southern border as DHS secretary, unconstitutional. That article was shot down in a 51-48 vote.

Schumer once again proposed a point of order, claiming the second article of impeachment, which alleged Mayorkas breached public trust, was also unconstitutional. Majority of the senate sided with Schumer’s second point of order in a 51-49 vote.

The most vulnerable Democratic Senators seeking reelection in November that voted to deem the articles of impeachment unconstitutional include, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), Sen. Jon Tester (D-MN), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV).