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David Valadao Is Sole California Republican To Back Impeachment

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For the first time in history, the U.S. House of Representatives has impeached a president for a second time. And one California Republican crossed the aisle to join Democrats in officially charging President Trump with inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol.

Central Valley Congressman David Valadao was just sworn back into office on Tuesday. The Republican reclaimed his former seat in November, but the ceremony was delayed when he tested positive for COVID-19.

About 24 hours after rejoining the House, Valadao split with the majority of his party and joined nine other Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump. He said Trump’s rhetoric incited rioters who smashed their way into the Capitol, and it was, quote, “un-American, abhorrent, and absolutely an impeachable offense.”

Voter registration in Valadao’s district skews heavily Democratic.

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