N.C. GOP chair denies canceling Sen. Burr over impeachment vote
UPDATED 12:45 PM PT – Tuesday, February 16, 2021
North Carolina Republican Chairman Michael Whatley defended a decision to censure Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). Whatley sparred with a CNN anchor over the actual meaning of the censure.
The North Carolina Republican Party Central Committee released the following statement after unanimously voting to censure Senator Richard Burr for his impeachment vote. #NCGOP https://t.co/KB6nMZwjz9
— Michael Whatley (@WhatleyNCGOP) February 16, 2021
The North Carolina GOP voted to formally rebuke Burr after he voted to convict Donald Trump in his latest impeachment trial. Burr was one of seven Republican senators to break with their party on the issue.
GOP Sen. Richard Burr votes GUILTY.
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) February 13, 2021
The CNN anchor tried to compare the censure of Burr to instances of cancel culture raised by conservatives, but was quickly shut down.
“Well, I think that the cancel culture where we see the President kicked off of all, the former President kicked off of all social media, where we see people losing their jobs, where we see people who have been hit on social media or deplatformed is entirely different from us as a state party saying that we disagree with one particular vote cast by a senator,” Whatley stated.
Other state GOP parties have censured senators that voted to convict Trump, including Louisiana’s Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).