Bye-Bye, Anti-Trumpers: Many GOP Reps Who Voted to Impeach Trump to Exit Congress


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Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton, who has been in office for decades, is retiring from office.

Upton is among the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment.

Under the new redistricting maps in Michigan following the 2020 Census, Upton would have been forced to run against GOP Rep. Bill Huizenga had he run for re-election.

“Reagan worked both sides of the aisle to get things done, caring less about who got the credit,” he said. “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.

Trump released a statement soon after the announcement and poked fun at Upton.


Upton is the fourth pro-impeachment Republican to announce they are not running for re-election.

The other House Republicans are: John Katko, Anthony Gonzalez, and Adam Kinzinger.

Several other Republicans who supported impeachment may not make it to the November midterms, such as RINO Rep. Thom Rice of South Carolina and Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

Recent polling found that Cheney is underwater big time versus Trump-backed Harriet Hageman in the Wyoming GOP primary.

According to a SoCo Strategies poll conducted to gauge the impact of Trump endorsements, Cheney is 18-points behind Hageman.


The new survey of Republican voters found that Hageman, a GOP activist, and Cheyenne land and water rights attorney, leads Cheney, 38%-18%. State Representative Anthony Bouchard is at 12% and 26% are undecided.

The independent survey — not done for Cheney or Hageman — was included in a handful of other state results showing that a Trump endorsement can be a game-changer.

“The only 2022 Wyoming House Race Polls that have been carried out were carried out before Trump endorsed Harriet Hageman so they are not in sync with present conditions, but they do give us a glimpse into the amount of disillusionment Wyoming Republicans have with Liz Cheney for her vote to impeach Trump. Cheney does not cross 23% in any poll, which already spells trouble for an incumbent with statewide name recognition,” Crowds Wisdom reported.

In a September statement, Trump said he is backing Hageman, whom he said “is running against warmonger and disloyal Republican” Cheney.


“Harriet is a fourth-generation daughter of Wyoming, a very successful attorney, and has the support and respect of a truly great U.S. Senator, Wyoming’s own Cynthia Lummis,” Trump continued.

“Harriet Hageman adores the Great State of Wyoming, is strong on Crime and Borders, powerfully supports the Second Amendment, loves our Military and our Vets, and will fight for Election Integrity and Energy Independence (which [President Joe] Biden has already given up),” he added.

“Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats’ number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney. Make America Great Again!” the former president concluded.

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