Anti-Trump GOP Reps May Not Return to Congress Following Midterms

Many of the Republicans that stood against former President Donald Trump are either retiring or likely losing their primary races.

  • Of the 10 Republicans that voted to impeach President Donald Trump, at least 4 have resigned and many of the others are facing tough primary challengers in their home states.
  • According to a report by The Hill, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich) is the fourth House GOP member who voted for Trump’s impeachment to announce he won’t seek reelection.
  • Trump was quick to jump in and point out the loss of another Republican that stood against him, saying “4 down and 6 to go. Others losing badly, who’s next?”
  • “Reagan worked both sides of the aisle to get things done, caring less about who got the credit,” Upton said when announcing his resignation, according to Conservative Brief. “And I made a promise that such a principle would be my guiding light. Especially in these days of divided government that is the only way one can actually get legislation enacted,” Upton said while making his announcement on the House floor.
  • The other three Republicans from the gang of 10 who have announced their resignation are John Katko (R-NY), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
  • The former president has been actively supporting the races of his detractors’ competitors, including vocal critic Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) who is thought likely to lose her Wyoming primary.
  • According to a poll reported by the Casper Star-Tribune, Trump’s support for Cheney’s primary opposition, Harriet Hageman, appears to have caused her to receive a serious bump in the polls.