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In House vote to impeach President Trump, Wisconsin lawmakers split by party. Here is what they said.

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Ten Republicans joined 222 Democrats Wednesday in voting to impeach President Donald Trump a second time, in this case for "inciting violence against the government of the United States."  

Wisconsin's eight U.S. House members split along party lines, with every Republican opposing Trump's impeachment and every Democrat supporting it. 

Here is some of what those members of Congress had to say this week about their votes on impeachment:

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Republican Glenn Grothman (Sixth District)

Glenn Grothman et al. standing in front of a sign: Congressman Glenn Grothman spoke during the Make America Great Again event on Oct. 27, 2020, at Amerilux International in De Pere, Wis. © Ebony Cox, Ebony Cox/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Congressman Glenn Grothman spoke during the Make America Great Again event on Oct. 27, 2020, at Amerilux International in De Pere, Wis.

On the House floor Wednesday: "(Trump) clearly said he wanted peaceful and patriotic demonstration. He did say he wanted people to fight like hell or we're not going to have a country anymore, but that’s obviously standard hyperbole and was not meant to (spur) physical fights.  But what is offensive is what (Democrats) are saying … about the tens of thousands of peaceful protesters who were there last week as well as the tens of millions of people they represent.

a large room: WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) presides over the vote to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump for the second time in little over a year in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House voted to impeach Trump on the charge of “incitement of insurrection," 232-197 after a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol where Congress was working to certify the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden on January 6. 10 Republicans voted to impeach. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) © Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) presides over the vote to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump for the second time in little over a year in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House voted to impeach Trump on the charge of “incitement of insurrection," 232-197 after a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol where Congress was working to certify the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden on January 6. 10 Republicans voted to impeach. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

"You don't understand why they were here. They’re scared to death we’re going to go back to the days without Donald Trump of hundreds of thousands of people crossing the border every month … they’re scared to death that nobody else will fight the cancel culture as we head towards an era where some things can’t be said. They’re scared to death that a majority party got here by teaming up with Black Lives Matter, founded by Marxists …" 

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Democrat Mark Pocan (Second District)

On the House floor Wednesday: “It wasn't another country that attacked us but our own president. President Donald Trump asked his supporters to march on the Capitol, inciting domestic terrorism that cost five lives, including a Capitol Police officer. And we all know, whether you say it aloud or not, Donald Trump was responsible for inciting the attacks on our democracy when he should have been the one person protecting it the most, and for that he is unfit to be president.”  

Republican Scott Fitzgerald (Fifth District)

a man wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Rep. Scott Fitzgerald speaks during a campaign rally for President Donald Trump. © Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel U.S. Rep. Scott Fitzgerald speaks during a campaign rally for President Donald Trump.

In a statement Wednesday: “It is ridiculous and irresponsible for Speaker Pelosi to rush an impeachment through the House of Representatives without the results of an investigation or substantive congressional debate on the issue.  If the Speaker was truly interested in healing the divisions in our country, then she would not be calling for this drastic and unprecedented action. The Speaker has turned this process into political theater that will not help the nation move forward. The American people deserve better.” 

Democrat Gwen Moore (Fourth District)

Gwen Moore holding a sign: U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) speaks at the start of the Democratic National Convention at the Wisconsin Center in August. © Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) speaks at the start of the Democratic National Convention at the Wisconsin Center in August.

On the House floor Wednesday: "The President radicalized American citizens. And as his vice president fled from a lynch mob ... while people died, he watched with glee.  That is why even though it's only seven days before the end of his term, we have the fierce urgency of now.

"Seven days is too long for him to be in power. He could declassify state secrets. He could monetize national secrets to foreign adversaries. And he could even pardon the person who killed our U.S. Capitol Police officer." 

Republican Tom Tiffany (Seventh District)

Tom Tiffany wearing a suit and tie: Wisconsin 7th Congressional District Representative Tom Tiffany addresses supporters on Sept. 24, 2020, at Midwest Manufacturing in Eau Claire, Wis. © Tork Mason, Stevens Point Journal-USA Today NETWORK-Wisconsin Wisconsin 7th Congressional District Representative Tom Tiffany addresses supporters on Sept. 24, 2020, at Midwest Manufacturing in Eau Claire, Wis.

On the House floor Wednesday: “Joe Biden talked about unity and healing. Is that what this is today? Is accusing Republican lawmakers of sedition and calling for their expulsion a plan for healing? ...  I hope Mr. Biden is watching today and he will rise to the moment and call off this effort to rub salt in the wounds of millions of Americans." 

Republican Bryan Steil (First District)

a man wearing a suit and tie: Bryan Steil stands in his new U.S. House office on Jan. 4, 2019. © Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Bryan Steil stands in his new U.S. House office on Jan. 4, 2019.

In a statement Wednesday: “I voted against impeaching President Trump. This impeachment vote not only sets a horrible precedent for future administrations, but it further divides the country. Speaker Pelosi’s sham process included no hearings, no investigation, no witness testimony, and no due process.

"Despite all other challenges facing our country, like vaccine allocation and distribution, we are spending time on a divisive impeachment one week before the inauguration of the next president. When Congress uses its constitutional powers for political expediency, no one wins.”

Democrat Ron Kind (Third District)

In a statement Wednesday: “Last Wednesday was a dark day in our nation’s history. After months of peddling the Big Lie that a free and fair election he lost was stolen from him, President Trump incited a violent insurrection in an attempt to overturn the will of the voters.

"Five people died as a result of this attack — including a United States Capitol Police officer. It’s critical that everyone involved in this unprecedented assault on our democracy is held accountable, including President Trump."

Republican Mike Gallagher (Eighth District)

In a column published Wednesday, Gallagher criticized Trump over the storming of the Capitol, saying: "Trump bears responsibility for the tragic events of Jan. 6," lied to his supporters about the possibility of overturning the election and "dithered" while the vice president and members of Congress were in mortal danger.

But Gallagher argued censure of Trump was the best response, that impeachment "will create more and not less cynicism among the American people. Done hastily, it will sow confusion and distrust. Delayed until summer, it will collapse. A second failed impeachment will dramatically empower, not diminish, President Trump."

Gallagher added that "President Trump has lost my support — permanently," but said a bipartisan congressional investigation would be a more effective way to get to "the facts surrounding Jan. 6."  

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