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GOP lawmaker holds moment of silence on House floor for people who voted for Trump

GOP lawmaker holds moment of silence on House floor for people who voted for Trump
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Rep. Bill JohnsonWilliam (Bill) Leslie JohnsonSix ways to visualize a divided America Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel jumps into Senate race READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Ohio) held a moment of silence for Americans who voted for President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE during Wednesday’s House debate on articles of impeachment.

Johnson accused Democrats of trying to "disenfranchise" voters who elected Trump. 

“This is a sad day for America, this partisan impeachment sham seeks to disenfranchise 63 million American voters,” Johnson said from the House floor. 

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“So I want to use my time to call on this chamber, for members to rise and observe a moment of silent reflection. To give every member here the chance to pause for a moment and remember the voices of the 63 million American voters the Democrats today are wanting to silence.”

Lawmakers made their cases for and against impeachment during a debate that spanned most of Wednesday, ahead of a vote on the two articles of impeachment against Trump. 

The two articles, charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, are expected to pass largely along party lines.