Thune Signals He Could Support a Measure To Hold Trump Accountable

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is suggesting that his Republican colleagues might be willing to support a censure resolution to punish former President Donald Trump for what lawmakers say is his role in inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Thune suggested that Republicans might support a censure resolution to punish Trump, “I have seen some resolutions that could attract some support.”

When asked if he could support a censure resolution, Thune reportedly nodded and said, “Yes.”

The Senate is conducting a trial to determine whether to convict Trump on the charge of “incitement of insurrection” for what lawmakers say is his role in inciting the violence.

However, it is seen as unlikely that there will be the required two-thirds majority, or 67-votes, to convict Trump.

The majority of the Senate Republican caucus has twice voted to declare the trial of Trump unconstitutional, as IJR reported. A vote to convict would require at least 17 Republicans to defect.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) had been pushing his colleagues to support a censure resolution as it appeared unlikely that there would be enough votes to convict Trump.

“I think it’s important for the Senate’s leadership to understand that there are alternatives,” he told CNN in January. “If we can’t get to 67 votes for impeachment, there may be another way to hold President Trump accountable.”

He added, “This is an alternative that would impose, in my view, a similar consequence, but it does not require a trial, and it does not require a two-thirds vote.”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) also voiced support for a censure resolution, “It seems to me there is benefit in looking at an alternative that might be able to garner bipartisan support.”


  1. You stupublicans are like cockroaches
    No matter how many times you get stomped out for your BS you just keep coming back
    You just can’t accept you lost and your on a losing path.
    I can’t wait to see orange man behind bars be it via federal or New York State or the IRS.
    But you stupublicans will continue to blame everyone but him.
    Do you really need to keep pushing…….you e gotten absolutely nowhere and you know it

  2. Adios John. When are you Republicans going to unite together like the Dems to to start winning instead of loosing?

  3. I’m amazed at how stupid republican politicians are. They have no idea the backlash they are creating by abandoning Trump. President or not, he is still the head of the Republican Party. They are acting as though the Dem pogrom of Trump and his followers was actually successful. How does it feel to be on the wrong side of history?

    1. “They have no idea the backlash they are creating by abandoning Trump.” Dean

      BS, Dean. There isn’t an American Fascist Party member alive that doesn’t understand what they will face if they try to hold President Who? accountable for ANYTHING! THAT’S THE PROBLEM!

    2. “The wrong side of history” is holding accountable a POTUS that incited an insurrection against his own government???? Setting a precedent for all future POTUS is Donald J Trump’s behavior??? In what world are you picturing that playing well in history books?

      And you call Republican politicians “stupid” that do not agree with you??? Is it “stupid” to do what one knows is right? Are you of the belief that it would be okay if future POTUS act as Trump has for the last 4 years? WHY would it be okay for Trump, but no one else?

    3. The numbers are against Republicans if they continue to support Mango. There’s already been an exodus of college educated men and women who have discarded the trumpublican party. I live in a red state and know many who voted for trump but now feel he should be held accountable and would never vote for him again.

        1. I am confused, Mac.

          In what way did you think that your little bit of added whataboutism was going to add ANYTHING to the conversation, here?

    1. Cuomo, the Emmy Award winner, may not be afforded the opportunity to retire. What a fool. But Democrats never think that they will have to eat their own words. Boy, will his be bitter.

      1. The factual data shows that the Republican Party has had 38 TIMES more criminal convictions than Democrats…..1961 to 2016.

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