Fred Upton, one of 10 Republicans to vote for second Trump impeachment, is retiring

Former President Donald Trump is taking a victory lap after a fourth Republican who voted to impeach him for “insurrection” announced their retirement from Congress.

Fred Upton, a long-serving Michigan Representative, announced Tuesday that he was calling it quits after decades in the House, the Conservative Brief reported.

Another anti-Trumper retires

Upton, who was elected in 1986, joins Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Tony Gonzalez (R-OH), and John Katko (R-NY) in choosing to leave Congress after voting for Trump’s second impeachment.

In a speech on the House floor, Upton called for “civility and bi-partisanship” to prevail as he stood alongside Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI), who showered a tearful Upton with praise for his willingness to “compromise” with the left.

“To him, ‘bipartisan’ and ‘compromise’ are not forbidden words. Fred knew well that if we are going to deliver real solutions for the American people, we need to come together,” she said.

Upton claimed that his decision was influenced not by his impeachment vote, but redistricting that would have pit him against a Trump-endorsed Republican, Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI).

“I got a lot of unfinished business that I’m going to be working on now. … But no, this was our decision, independent of what I did with Trump,” he said.

Trump dominant

Trump released a statement mocking Upton that read, “UPTON QUITS! 4 down and 6 to go. Others losing badly, who’s next?”

Upton’s retirement is the latest indication that Trump continues to dominate the GOP, despite an effort by the Republican establishment and Democrats to banish Trump and his supporters from the political arena after the Jan. 6 “insurrection.”

More than a year since he left office, Trump continues to cast a large shadow over national politics as he overtakes his floundering rival, President Biden, in the polls.

At a rally in Michigan’s Washington Township on Saturday, Trump once again teased a 2024 run and touted former Trump official John Gibbs, his chosen candidate to unseat Republican Peter Meijer (MI), a freshman representative who was among the 10 Republicans to vote for Trump’s second impeachment.

While taking jabs at Biden and establishment Republicans alike, Trump said that RINOs are “worse than the Democrats,” explaining, “At least you know where the Democrats are coming from…The RINOs are bad dudes.”

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