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Rep. Peter Meijer defends impeachment vote to upset voters

Peter Meijer
Posted at 4:33 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 16:33:50-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer has defended his decision to impeach former President Donald Trump amid criticism from voters.

Meijer, a freshman lawmaker, was one of just 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the deadly attack on the Capitol. He said during a virtual town hall Wednesday night that Trump's falsehoods and the resulting insurrection required a “significant response" from Congress.

Two constituents who asked questions said they were deeply disappointed with the 33-year-old, who represents the 3rd Congressional District in western Michigan. One accused Meijer of betrayal and said she would work to defeat him in the 2022 primary.

Watch the full town hall here: