Buncombe County voters wait in line to cast primary ballots outside Leicester Elementary School in 2016. File photo by Colby Rabon / Carolina Public Press

In NC congressional District 4, incumbent Democrat David Price voted in favor of both articles of impeachment.

In a speech he gave on the House floor, Price said President Donald Trump’s actions are precisely what the nation’s founders feared.

“The evidence is clear: President Trump abused his power by asking a vulnerable foreign leader to investigate both his political rival and a baseless Russian conspiracy theory while withholding congressionally appropriated defense aid and a coveted White House visit,” Price said in December. “He then blocked congressional investigation into these abuses. These abuses threaten the integrity of our elections, they corrupt our diplomacy, and they undermine national security.”

Democrat Daniel Lockwood said if he had been in office, he would have voted to impeach Trump. Abstaining from impeachment, he said “is to endorse our nation’s decay into fascism.”

Congress has both the power and the duty to remove bad actors from the Presidency. Regardless of political outcome, they need to carry out this legal obligation or be held accountable for their inaction,” Lockwood wrote to CPP.

“There has been more than enough public information available to demonstrate Trump’s blatant lawlessness. Through prolonging their response, Democrats enabled Trump to escalate his behavior.” 

Republican Debesh Sarkar said he would have voted against both articles of impeachment and called the whole process a sham.

“I think the whole process is nothing but a waste of time, money and energy,” Sarkar wrote to CPP.

“I am proud of our president and all he has done for our country, and I look forward to the shock (once again) on the faces of all the leftists when Donald Trump is re-elected president of the United States this November.

Other candidates in the race either did not respond or did not have contact information available.

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include comments from Daniel Lockwood that were not received in time to be included in the initial article due to a technical issue.

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