Vote to defeat Senators who do not honor their oath in the impeachment trial

On January 16, 2020, members of the United States Senate took the following sworn oath administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts:
I solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of [Donald John Trump], now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: so help me God.

–Michael Zeldin (Opinion), “Senators, abide by your impeachment oath,”, January 20, 2020 (2:47 p.m.).

A number of U.S. Senators will be elected in November, 2020.

See Kevin Schaul and Ashlyn Still, “How the 2020 Senate map is shaping up,” Washington Post, August 28, 2019


Schaul and Still report that the following Senate seats are up for election in 2020:

Competitive Senate seats in 2020
Alabama Doug Jones Nov. 8, 2019
Michigan Gary Peters April 21, 2020
Minnesota Tina Smith June 2, 2020
New Mexico OPEN March 10, 2020
Arizona Martha McSally April 6, 2020
Colorado Cory Gardner March 17, 2020
Georgia David Perdue March 6, 2020
Georgia OPEN March 6, 2020
Kansas OPEN June 1, 2020
Kentucky Mitch McConnell Jan. 28, 2020
Iowa Joni Ernst March 13, 2020
Maine Susan Collins March 16, 2020
Mississippi Cindy Hyde-Smith Jan. 10, 2020
North Carolina Thom Tillis Dec. 20, 2019
Tennessee OPEN April 2, 2020


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