GOP Congressman Who Voted To Impeach Trump Says He Will Buy Body Armor Because He Fears For His Life

Topline

Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), one of the 10 GOP members of Congress who voted to impeach President Donald Trump, said Thursday he believed his life might be in danger and he was planning to buy body armor to protect himself. 

Key Facts

“Our expectation is that someone may try and kill us,” Meijer told MSNBC. 

Meijer said he and other GOP members were making “preparations” to ensure their safety, including altering their routines and purchasing body armor, which is a reimbursable expense for members of Congress, according to the Capitol police.

“It’s sad that we have to get to that point,” Meijer went on. 

Crucial Quote

Asked if he was worried about the threats to his life after the vote Wednesday, Meijer told CNN he was, but that he was not going to let it “sway” his “decision.” “I think if we give the insurrectionists veto, then we lose something in this country and I won’t let that happen.”

Tangent

Along with Meijer, the 10 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump are: Reps. John Katko of New York, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Tom Rice of South Carolina, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, and David Valadao of California.

Surprising Fact

Before the vote Wednesday, Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) claimed more Republicans would have joined Democrats in impeaching Trump had they not been “paralyzed with fear” about the threats to their lives. “I had a lot of conversations with my Republican colleagues last night, and a couple of them broke down in tears — saying that they are afraid for their lives if they vote for this impeachment,” Crow told MSNBC. Numerous Republicans who wanted to impeach Trump privately told Politico they decided against doing so because they did not want their families to be targeted. 

Further Reading

These 10 Republicans Voted To Impeach Trump In An Unprecedented Break From Party (Forbes)

Trump Becomes First President Impeached Twice After Fomenting Capitol Riot (Forbes)

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackbrewster/2021/01/14/gop-congressman-who-voted-to-impeach-trump-says-he-will-buy-body-armor-because-he-fears-for-his-life/