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Bill Cassidy is the US Senator who (maybe) drops Trump

Suddenly there were six: At the end of the first day in the impeachment process against Donald Trump, there was a vote on the legality of such a process - a formality, because it was clear that with the 50 Democratic senators, five from the Republican camp would also vote . But the vote came as a surprise: Bill Cassidy from Louisiana was suddenly on the side of the plaintiffs.

The 63-year-old medical doctor, born in the northern US state of Illinois, but at home in Louisiana's capital Baton Rouge since childhood, is completing his second term as a senator and has long since been described as a professional politician. Before he entered the US Senate, he was a State Senator in Louisiana and also did two rounds in the Washington House of Representatives.

Changed bearings

Perhaps it is because of his political vita that he is now de facto changing camp by taking the side of those who accuse Trump of inciting violence against the US Congress - and thus against the American people: until 2001 Cassidy, namely a Democrat. In 1988 he supported Michael Dukakis ’hopeless candidacy against George Bush Sr., then in 1992 Paul Tsongas, who lost in the primary campaign against the future US President Bill Clinton. It was not until 2001, at the age of 44, that the father of three children, who was married to a doctor, switched to the Republicans - and soon made a career there.

At first, Cassidy remained heavily involved in the medical field, be it securing care for the uninsured in his hometown of Baton Rouge, be it mastering the emergency in the southern USA due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

While Cassidy is partly going along with the Democrats on tax policy in the Senate today, he retreats to typically conservative standpoints on the subject of gun laws, for example. The Senator - who, after recovering from Covid, is also one of those Republicans who support a stringent pandemic policy of the White House - with the "chaos" that Trump's lawyer Bruce Castor left in the Senate on Tuesday, justifies his swing in the impeachment process, which has been heavily criticized within the party have. The plaintiff, on the other hand, made it clear with compelling logic that a process was lawful. The 63-year-old did not want to commit to whether the former US president was ultimately guilty. (Gianluca Wallisch, February 10, 2021)