Third Republican to back Trump impeachment loses re-election

Six-term Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, a moderate Republican from Washington state who voted to impeach Donald Trump’s second impeachment, conceded in her primary election on Tuesday night.

Tuesday’s Secretary of State results had him come third in elementary school, narrowly missing out on being one of the top two voters who would advance in the general election, regardless of party affiliation. Although she conceded on Tuesday, Herrera Beutler’s primary was Aug. 2. Washington allows voting by mail, which can extend the time it takes to tally the results.

“Since I was first elected to this seat, I have done my best to serve my home region and our country. Although my campaign failed this time around, I am proud of all we have achieved together for the place I grew up in and where I still call home,” Herrera Beutler said in her concession statement. , according to the Washington Post.

Herrera Beutler’s loss brings to three the number of pro-impeachment Republicans who have lost their primaries so far this campaign season, as well as Michigan’s Peter Meijer and Tom Rice of South Carolina. They could soon be joined by Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who has been one of Trump’s most visible opponents in the GOP and will face voters Aug. 16.

Another impeachment supporter, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), recently survived his primary and is on the road to the general elections.

Herrera Beutler was known as one of the more moderate Republicans in the House, as she represented her Southwest Washington district. Along with being one of 10 pro-impeachment Republicans in the House, Herrera Beutler provided one of the most colorful behind-the-scenes accounts of the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol and the role of House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. That day.

Herrera Beutler said he witnessed on McCarthy’s side of a call between him and Trump in which Trump told McCarthy that the attackers were anti-fascists, known as antifa, and not Trump supporters. McCarthy denied this, saying they went through his office windows, sending his staff to take cover.

“And the president’s response to Kevin, to me, was chilling. He said, “Well, Kevin, I guess they’re just more upset about the election, you know, the theft than you are,” she said in a audio recording played as part of a submission by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack.

“You know, you’ve seen many reports that Kevin McCarthy and the president had a conversation, basically a swear word. That’s when the swearing started,” she said on the recording.

The district is considered safe Republican, which means Herrera Beutler will likely be replaced by Joe Kent, a Trump supporter and Republican who was in second place in the vote Tuesday night.

“You know, you’ve seen many reports that Kevin McCarthy and the president had a conversation, basically a swear word. That’s when the swearing started.

– Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.)

Kent criticized Herrera Beutler’s impeachment votes and took to Twitter to criticize law enforcement’s search of Trump’s Florida home on Monday.

“We have to bring the national security state into line or we won’t have a country. This has to be our top priority in 2023. We start with the FBI and the DOJ,” he tweeted.

Trump, who has endorsed Kent, gloated over the loss of Herrera Beutler on Tuesday night.

“Importantly, he knocked out another impeacher, Jaime Herrera Beutler, who so stupidly played into the hands of the Democrats,” he said in a statement.

Kent will face Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in the November election.


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