The North Carolina Democratic Party spent little time celebrating the impeachment of Republican President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday night.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump on claims he abused his power and obstructed Congress.
A spokesperson for the North Carolina Democratic Party took the opportunity to call on one of the state’s U.S. senators who will preside over the impeachment trial to be unseated.
“Donald Trump abused the power of the presidency for his own personal gain and then tried to cover it up. No president should get away with that,” Robert Howard, spokesperson for N.C. Democratic Party, said in a statement.
“But here’s the kicker: now the vote goes to the Senate – and you and I both know what our cowardly Senator, Thom Tillis, will do when it gets there: be a pawn in Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump’s game.”
Tillis said on Twitter Wednesday night that the impeachment process was a partisan effort by Democrats that denied the president of his due process rights.
“Once the Senate trial begins, President Trump will finally be treated fairly and presumed innocent until proven guilty,” Tillis wrote. “The Democrats’ attempt to use impeachment as a weapon to settle political scores will not be allowed to become the new normal.”