Republican Rep. Peter Major said he had no regrets about his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump days after he was defeated for re-election in his Michigan congressional primary.
“I’d rather lose office with my character intact than be re-elected having made soul sacrifices,” Mr. Meijer said on the Sirius XM program. Julie Mason Mornings.
Mr. Meijer was one of just 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Trump for sedition after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The House of Representatives impeached Trump for a second time on January 13 last year, a week after the uprising, but the US Senate acquitted him weeks later.
In the months since, Mr. Trump has made it one of his political goals to end the careers of congressional Republicans who broke ranks to vote to remove him. In some games, including two at Washington state on Tuesday night, he was hitless.
In others, like Mr. Meijer’s, voters have granted the former president’s wish. Mr. Meijer, who was first elected to Congress to represent a district centered on Grand Rapids in western Michigan in 2020, faced a challenge from far-right former Trump administration official John Gibbs.
In addition to Mr. Trump’s support, Mr. Gibbs also received help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which bought ads in the final days of the race to boost his profile in the belief that he would be a weaker candidate for the general election. by Mr. Meijer.
In the end, by a narrow margin, the DCCC got what it wanted: Mr. Gibbs defeated Mr. Meijer by less than 4,000 votes. Mr. Gibbs will now face Democratic candidate Hillary Solten in a general election race that the Cook Political Report believes Ms. Solten is a slight favorite to win.
Mr. Meijer’s political career is, for now, over. In his appearance on Sirius XM, he praised a select number of his fellow Republicans for their willingness to sacrifice their political fortunes to do what is right.
“It’s certainly been a chaotic time and one where I’ve seen the importance of leadership and the importance of people being willing to say this is wrong, but also the heavy political cost of that,” Mr Meijer said. “I’m proud of some of my colleagues who were willing to fall on their own swords rather than find ways to justify or find ways to rationalize the unacceptable or ignore the glaring problems staring us in the face.”
However, Mr. Meijer’s commitment to his principles can only go so far. On Wednesday, after his primary loss, Mr. Meijer introduced and congratulated Mr. Gibbs as a show of Republican unity and wished him “good luck” in the upcoming election.