| Cincinnati Enquirer
Rep. Warren Davidson doesn’t think President Donald Trump should be impeached.
But the president does owe Vice President Mike Pence an apology, Davidson told The Enquirer Thursday.
Trump misrepresented to his supporters the powers of the vice president to stop Joe Biden from becoming president, the Ohio Republican from Troy told The Enquirer when asked whether Trump bears any responsibility for the insurrection on Jan. 6 at the Capitol.
“The president was factually inaccurate about what Mike Pence could do,” Davidson said. “I think he should be responsible for being factually accurate in terms of how he treated Mike Pence. I hope he apologizes to Mike Pence.”
But other than that, Davidson didn’t find too much to fault Trump. Davidson in the past year has been one of Trump’s biggest boosters.
He represents the Trump-loving 8th Congressional District, which includes Butler County and a swath of western Ohio.
Davidson on Jan. 6 objected to certifying Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania and Arizona, even after the riot at the Capitol by the pro-Trump mob. He also voted against impeachment.
Davidson disagreed Trump incited an insurrection. “I don’t think it was an attempt to overthrow the U.S. government,” Davidson said.
He also believes nothing in Trump’s speech was illegal. Trump, in his Jan. 6 speech, urged his supporters to stop Joe Biden from taking office and to “fight like hell.” Then he told them to march to the Capitol. That speech has been used as the basis for the articles of impeachment for inciting an insurrection.
“He’s the president of the United States. He believes he lost an election due to fraud,” Davidson said. “Clearly he is in his rights to say that.”
Perhaps Trump could have condemned the violence at the Capitol quicker, Davidson said.
Davidson hails from one of Trump’s strongholds in Ohio. Trump won the counties that make up the 8th Congressional District in western Ohio with 67% of the vote. The district includes Butler, Preble, Darke, Mercer, Clark and Miami counties. Davidson won re-election in November with 69% of the vote.
Davidson was one of five Ohio representatives who objected to certifying election results, and one of two in the Cincinnati region. Rep. Steve Chabot objected to Pennsylvania’s results.
There’s no evidence of widespread voter fraud, much less any that could have changed results.
When asked whether he believes the election was stolen as Trump claims, Davidson said he doesn’t know. But he thinks enough questions have been raised.
Davidson replaced former Speaker of the House John Boehner, who retired in 2015. Boehner has a very different view of Trump in light of the riot, saying the president should consider resigning.
“Here’s the president of the United States, in my view, inciting a riot … and the Capitol being threatened,” Boehner said Monday during a webinar. “It’s time for Donald Trump to consider resigning his post. He has violated his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”