Bill Cassidy Censured by East Baton Rouge GOP for Voting Trump's Trial Is Constitutional

Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana was censured by the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish on Wednesday after he voted not to dismiss the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

Cassidy grew up in Baton Rouge and still has close ties to the area, but the parish's Republican Executive Committee has branded his actions a "betrayal."

"The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish hereby censures Senator Bill Cassidy and holds him out as an object of shame," the censure resolution read, according to KTAL NBC 6.

"We condemn Senator Cassidy's actions in the strongest manner," the resolution said.

"He does not represent the people of this state or the Republican Party. He represents himself and has joined with some of the most dishonest and disreputable forces in our country to be part of this despicable sham."

Cassidy was one of six GOP senators who voted with Democrats to affirm that it was constitutional to try Trump even though he has left office.

Several Republicans have argued that since Trump is now a private citizen, the Senate has no right to put him on trial. However, the former president was impeached by the House of Representatives while he was still in office and there is precedent for trying a former official.

"If anyone disagrees with my vote and would like an explanation, I ask them to listen to the arguments presented by the House managers and former President Trump's lawyers," Cassidy said on Tuesday.

"The House managers had much stronger constitutional arguments. The president's team did not."

Cassidy had previously voted to dismiss the trial, joining most of his Republican colleagues, but switched his vote this week after hearing the legal arguments.

The East Baton Rouge GOP criticized what it called "outrageous, scurrilous and false attacks" on Trump throughout his presidency," adding that "the current charges against him of inciting an insurrection are completely false, malicious and without merit."

Cassidy's "vote yesterday to allow the impeachment fiasco to continue was a betrayal of the people of Louisiana and a rebuke to those who supported President Trump and him," the censure resolution went on.

"Bill Cassidy is a free American; he has a right to make very bad decisions," Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins told The Advocate, the state's largest daily newspaper, which is based in Baton Rouge.

"I'm a constitutionalist. I support your decision to be a journalist for a very bad newspaper," he said.

Newsweek has asked Sen. Cassidy for comment.

Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana talks to the press on Capitol Hill on February 10. Cassidy has been censured by the East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Party. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images