NCGOP to vote on censure of Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., departs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, after the Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial in the Senate. Trump was accused of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the acquittal gives him a historic second victory in the court of impeachment. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

RALEIGH – Members of the N.C. Republican Party’s central committee are expected to vote on a resolution to censure Sen. Richard Burr following the senator’s vote to convict former President Donald Trump of his impeachment charge of incitement of insurrection.

Burr was one of seven Republican senators to vote to convict the former president.

“North Carolina Republicans sent Senator Burr to the United States Senate to uphold the Constitution and his vote today to convict in a trial that he declared unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing,” said NCGOP chairman Michael Whatley shortly after Burr’s vote.

Social media posts from Republican activists have mostly condemned Burr’s vote, showing continued allegiance to the former President. Trump won the state’s 15 electoral votes in both 2016 and 2020.

On Sunday, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said in an interview on Fox News Sunday, “My friend Richard Burr just made Lara Trump almost the certain nominee for the senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs,” another sign of displeasure over Burr’s vote.

The central committee is composed of activists from around the state.