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Analysis: The most surprising vote for impeachment came from this Republican

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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SOCIETY HILL, SC - AUGUST 23: U.S. Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) speaks with constituents during a congressional town hall meeting August 23, 2017 in Society Hill, South Carolina. Topics of concern for those in attendance included Veterans Affairs, term limits, gerrymandering and the trustworthiness of special counsel Robert Mueller. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

When Tom Rice voted "yes" on the impeachment of Donald Trump over the President's role in inciting the riot that led to the storming of the US Capitol, most close congressional watchers assumed he had made a mistake.

(CNN)When Tom Rice voted "yes" on the impeachment of Donald Trump over the President's role in inciting the riot that led to the storming of the US Capitol, most close congressional watchers assumed he had made a mistake.

Here's how Rice explained his vote:

The combination of Trump's incitement of the crowd, his attacks on Vice President Mike Pence during the riot itself and his total lack of remorse over his role in the overrunning of the Capitol added up to be more than Rice could take.

While Rice did vote in favor of the Electoral College objections raised by Republicans in Arizona and Pennsylvania, he expressed some misgivings about doing so in the wake of the Capitol violence.

"Donald Trump was backed by an overwhelming majority in my district and in South Carolina," Rice said.

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