Senator John Thune, who serves as the Senate GOP whip and is a MP for Mitch McConnell, condemned the punishment of Republicans who voted to denounce Donald Trump as a form of "culture".
In an interview with the Associated Press, Thune (R-SD) defended colleagues such as Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Ben Sasse (R-NE), who were censored by the county’s Republican parties for joining Democrats and against indictment or Charges had voted to condemn the former president.
"A strong case has been brought up," he said, referring to the presentation by the House impeachment executives who appeared to be unaware of the charges they had brought against the rigged evidence.
"People could come to different conclusions," Thune added. "If we criticize the media and the left for breaking culture, we cannot do it ourselves."
Thune and McConnell both voted to acquit Trump.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – US Senator John Thune criticizes Republican activists and party leaders for advocating a "culture of annulment" by censoring GOP senators who found former President Donald Trump guilty of instigating a riot to have. https://t.co/ypuINjXW28
– Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 19, 2021
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John Thune believes criticism is the same as breaking culture
As Becky Noble of The Political Insider reported earlier this week, "almost every Republican senator who voted to condemn Trump has either been censored by their Republican voters or will be censored in the near future."
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Thune went on to express his preference for those candidates who opposed Trump.
"At the grassroots level, there are a lot of people who want to see Trump-like candidates," he said. "But I think we will look for candidates who are eligible."
That's strange to say when you consider that a recent poll shows that a large majority of Republican voters want Trump to play a big role in the party's future, and another shows that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene ( GA) illustrates the party better than Cheney.
Sen. Thune criticizes Republican activists and party leaders for advocating the "annulment culture" by rushing to reprimand GOP senators who found fmr. President Trump guilty of instigating a riot. https://t.co/oeOvB2cP8z
– NBC News (@NBCNews) February 19, 2021
Speaking of Greene – why did Thune support "Abort Culture" when it came to her?
In response to the House GOP's decision not to punish Greene for her controversial comments, Thune said, "I think we need to be a party of ideas, guidelines and principles and move away from members who delve into conspiracy theories."
Doesn't that seem to suggest that he wanted Greene to be censored or stripped of her committee duties – canceled – as the Democrats ultimately did?
John Thune, Republican No. 2 Senate, to me in the House GOP who does not punish Marjorie Taylor Greene: "I think we have to be a party of ideas, guidelines and principles and stay away from members who deal with conspiracy theories. "
– Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 4, 2021
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Thune's comments are the first to be made by a high profile Republican after Trump ravaged Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell as a "grumpy, grumpy and unsmiling political hacker".
"The Republican Party can never be respected or strong again with political" leaders "like Senator Mitch McConnell at its head," Trump said in a statement.
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– Jack Posobiec @ (@JackPosobiec) February 16, 2021
Thune's response is incredibly hypocritical, considering he pointed out just last week that he was ready to blame Trump if the impeachment conviction fails.
"I know there are a couple of resolutions out there … I've seen at least a couple of resolutions that I think might find support," he said.
It's okay to cancel Trump, but not Liz Cheney? What a rub.
Civil war with the former president will not end well for the establishment Republicans. You are practically canceling yourself right before our eyes.