HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – The chairperson of the Horry County Republican Party said the vote to impeach President Donald Trump will “do nothing but harm the country and our party.”
Dreama Perdue posted the statement to Facebook following Wednesday’s vote in the House to impeach President Trump for a second time. It came exactly a week after a siege at the Capitol while Congress was in the process of certifying votes from the Electoral College that gave Joe Biden the victory in the presidential race.
“After refusing to accept the 2016 election results, claiming the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia, then spending an absurd amount of taxpayer dollars on a witch hunt, Democrats have been looking for any excuse to get rid of President Trump ever since he set foot in the Oval Office,” Perdue said.
She added that trying to impeach Trump, who has only days left in his term, “is nothing more than a political stunt.”
“We completely disagree with this sham and to say I’m severely disappointed and frustrated in Congressman Tom Rice would be an understatement,” Perdue said.
Rice, the South Carolina representative for the state’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes Horry County, was one of 10 Republicans who voted for the historic impeachment after nearly three hours of debate in the chamber. The charge was “incitement of insurrection.”
The riot at the Capitol came after a rally held by Trump and his supporters, in which the president addressed the crowd.
“The fact that he gathered up the crowd and fired them up, and whether his speech or manner to incite I don’t know, I’m not a criminal lawyer,” said Rice in an interview with WMBF News. “But I know this, I know that once the people were inside the Capitol ransacking the place and trying to make their way to the Senate floor and House floor and Vice President Pence was in there in the Senate chamber, President Trump was tweeting that Vice President Pence didn’t have the courage to do what was right, and just angering the crowd.”
Rice said he was actually against bringing the idea of impeachment to the House floor, having voted against time for debate and a vote on the impeachment resolution.
“I wish they had never brought impeachment up,” said Rice. “It’s a divisive thing for the country, but if they’re going to do it then I had to vote ‘yes.’ I think what he [Trump] has done is a complete lack of leadership. I think it’s a failure of leadership and I think the country deserves better.”