The move sends a high-profile message about the Republican Party’s priorities, its ongoing loyalty to the former President and the limited extent to which it is willing to tolerate dissent even after Trump’s election lies incited a deadly attack on the US Capitol.
Some of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach, most notably Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, have continued to speak out about the “Big Lie” and the future of the Republican Party now that Trump is no longer in office. Others have taken a much lower profile approach since the impeachment vote, not frequently commenting publicly, if at all, on the direction the party is taking in the aftermath of the Trump presidency.
Here’s a (non-exhaustive) look at what has happened to the nine other House Republicans since they voted to impeach and the extent to which they have continued to speak out about the deep divisions within the party in the aftermath of January 6:
Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
Adam Kinzinger has been in the national spotlight often since his impeachment vote as a leading critic of the Republican Party’s embrace of Trump’s “Big Lie” and other conspiracy theories. Kinzinger has spoken out in support of Cheney and criticized the GOP over the push to remove her from leadership.
Kinzinger said at the event that House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and Whip Steve Scalise “decided that winning the next election was more important than a clear-eyed recognition of what happened on January 6.”
“That was a lie that led to violence,” he said.
He also recently endorsed a Texas GOP congressional candidate, Michael Wood, who ran unsuccessfully in a crowded field on a platform calling for Republicans to turn away from Trump and reject conspiracy theories.
John Katko of New York
Fred Upton of Michigan
Fred Upton has also faced rebukes from Republicans at the state level following his impeachment vote.
The Cass County Republican Party also censured the congressman over the impeachment vote.
When he announced he would vote to impeach, Upton said in a statement, “The Congress must hold President Trump to account and send a clear message that our country cannot and will not tolerate any effort by any President to impede the peaceful transfer of power from one President to the next.”
Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington
Herrera Beutler also said that she’s “not worried” about a potential primary challenger.
“There’s a lot of Republicans who disagreed with me on it, and I totally respect that,” Herrera Beutler said at the time. “They don’t expect you to agree with them on everything, but they want to be able to trust you.”
Dan Newhouse of Washington
Despite the pushback he has faced, Dan Newhouse told CNN in February he does not have regrets about his vote.
Peter Meijer of Michigan
Peter Meijer has spoken out about his concerns over the future of the Republican Party in the wake of January 6.
“When we say QAnon, you have the sort of extreme forms, but you also just have this softer, gradual undermining of any shared, collective sense of truth,” Meijer said. The Michigan freshman believes conspiracy theories fuel “incredibly unrealistic and unachievable expectations” and “a cycle of disillusionment and alienation” that could lead conservative voters to sit out elections or, in a worst-case scenario, turn to political violence, like what happened on January 6.
Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
Anthony Gonzalez defended Cheney for standing up for her beliefs ahead of the vote to remove her.
“Current Rep. Anthony Gonzalez should not be representing the people of the 16th district because he does not represent their interest or their heart. Max Miller has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump said in a statement in February.
Tom Rice of South Carolina
Tom Rice has also faced headwinds in his home state over his impeachment stance.
When reached by CNN on Tuesday ahead of the vote to remove Cheney from leadership, Rice said, “I think I’ve commented enough for a while.”
Rice told CNN in February he stood by his vote to impeach. “In eight years in Congress, I probably had a hundred votes that I could have gone either way, and I maybe second-guessed a little bit,” he said. “This is not one of them.”
David Valadao of California
David Valadao of California has also had to grapple with the potential threat of a primary challenge.
“President Trump has fought on our behalf to protect our conservative, republican values,” the website states. “It is unbelievable that Congressman David Valadao would vote for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. I will do everything to restore our conservative values and make sure America never becomes a socialist country.”
CNN’s Alex Rogers, Kristin Wilson, Manu Raju, Eric Bradner, Dan Merica and Caroline Kelly contributed to this report.