FlashPOINT Flashback: Richard Burr votes to convict Trump
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On this week's episode, it's another flashback as we go back to the Feb. 21 edition of FlashPOINT. This episode followed North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr's choice to vote in favor of convicting former President Donald Trump after the riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Burr was one of a few Republicans who crossed party lines and supported the conviction. 

Burr has a rock-solid reputation as a conservative leader in Washington and his accomplished career speaks for itself. Still, that vote was enough for the North Carolina Republican Party to censure him. Some county headquarters went as far as to ban him from their offices for going against the president. 

Ben Thompson interviews Michael Whatley, head of the NCGOP, to get his thoughts on Burr's vote and why he felt it was important to get the party in line. We also chat with Dan Berry, a Republican who has been in North Carolina's political game for years. Berry describes the situation as "a mess" and explains that even though he was a Trump elector, Sen. Burr has a right to vote in line with his beliefs. 

This is an interesting discussion for Republicans and Democrats, and says a lot about where American politics are today. For the latest political news from across the Carolinas, follow Ben Thompson on Twitter @Bentnews!

 

STORY: NCGOP votes to censure Burr after guilty vote in impeachment trial: https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/politics/richard-burr-north-carolina-republicans-censure-trump-impeachment/275-f32b597b-ec01-4665-a330-4e5c645f2c8f

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