Newsmaker: SC’s Tom Rice and impeachment vote heard statewide | News

MYRTLE BEACH – When U.S. Representative Tom Rice decided to support impeachment proceedings against then-President Donald Trump on January 17, many Washington reporters and insiders believed the Myrtle Beach Republican accidentally pressed the wrong button when voting.

But Rice has made it clear that his vote was no fluke and, over the past year, has stuck to his guns and has repeatedly defended his controversial decision with voters in his incredibly pro-Trump district. .

“When it got out of hand, Trump did nothing. He was watching it on TV… and tweeting that Vice President Mike Pence had no guts, ”Rice said after the vote. “I was loyal to him, but he certainly didn’t feel loyal to us.”

The pivot that came was thrown away without leaving any guesswork out of his constituents or the media. Rice became one of 10 Republicans who voted in favor of Democrat-led impeachment naming Trump for inciting the Jan.6 riot in which supporters stormed the Capitol.

The backlash for Rice’s vote was swift. The South Carolina GOP censored him for his vote and did not invite him to the party’s state conference held in his own district in Myrtle Beach.

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As Rice faces a re-election bid in 2022, he already has 10 GOP challengers in his primary.

But even as he faces an uncertain political future, the congressman responded that he believed his oath to the Constitution was more important than loyalty to a politician.

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In particular, his message was well received financially. Rice has raised $ 1,132,400 and has $ 1,846,000 in cash.

“People are tired, I believe, from the constant fussing and grinding of teeth and pulling out hair,” Rice said. “They want people who will work to solve problems, and that’s what I’ve tried to do all the time.”

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