(CNN) The South Carolina Republican Party voted Saturday to formally censure Rep. Tom Rice, who represents the state’s 7th Congressional District, for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump in the House of Representatives.
“We made our disappointment clear the night of the impeachment vote. Trying to impeach a president, with a week left in his term, is never legitimate and is nothing more than a political kick on the way out the door,” said SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick in a statement Saturday afternoon.
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“Congressman Rice’s vote unfortunately played right into the Democrats’ game, and the people in his district, and ultimately our State Executive Committee, wanted him to know they wholeheartedly disagree with his decision.”
Forthy-three members of the state party’s executive committee voted in favor of the resolution, with no members against and two abstaining, according to South Carolina Republican Party spokeswoman Claire Robinson.