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Senator Ben Sasse, a Nebraskan Republican who voted to impeach former Presidentearlier this month, said he isn't bothered by the state GOP's criticism of him on Saturday.
"I care about a lot of the people, but I don't really care about the censure," Sasse told Politico ahead of the Nebraska GOP's decision.
The state GOP, however, decided not to censure Sasse, but noted its disapproval of the senator's actions, arguing that Sasse wasn't representing his constituents' desires.
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The Louisiana Republican told reporters he was "at peace" with the decision, despite the censure from his state party.The Louisiana lawmaker was one of seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump for inciting his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
"There are a lot of really good people involved in party activism. But I don't think they're at all representative of regular Nebraskans," Sasse continued. "Nebraska is a lot Trumpier than I am."
James Wegmann, the communications director for Sasse, added that the senator believes "most Nebraskans don't think politics should be about the weird worship of one dude."
The Nebraska Republican Party officially rebuked Sasse on Saturday over his vote in favor of Trump's impeachment, according to.
"Senator Sasse's condemnation of President Trump and his support for President Trump's impeachment have been liberally used multiple times byas justification for a truncated impeachment process that denied the President due process," the resolution said.
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"The Nebraska Republican Party Central Committee expresses its deep disappointment and sadness with respect to the service of Senator Ben Sasse and calls for an immediate readjustment whereby he represents the people of Nebraska to Washington and not Washington to the people of Nebraska," the resolution added.
Seven Republican senators voted alongside 50 members of the Democratic caucus to convict former President Donald Trump on February 13. The final tally of 57-43 fell short of the 67 votes needed to convict Trump on the House impeachment charges of inciting the January 6 insurrection against the U.S. Capitol.
Theincluded Sasse; Susan Collins of Maine; Bill Cassidy of Louisiana; Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania; of Utah; Richard Burr of North Carolina; and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
A number of the Republican senators who voted against Trump havethey represent after supporting the former president's impeachment.
Ben Sasse blasts party for 'weird worship of one dude' after Nebraska GOP rebukes him for impeachment vote
The Nebraska Republican Party rebuked Sen. Ben Sasse on Saturday for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, the latest Republican in Congress to face backlash from a state party. © Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) speaks while Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 13, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Louisiana's Republican Party voted unanimously to censure Cassidy on the day of Trump's acquittal. "We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the vote today by Senator Cassidy to convict former President Trump," the party said
Toomey was also censured by several Pennsylvania GOP chapters, including Centre Country, Clarion County, Washington and York.
The North Carolina Republican Partyon February 15, two days after his vote in support of Trump's impeachment.
Newsweek reached out to Sasse's office and the Nebraska GOP, but didn't hear back in time for publication.
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