GOP Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneHillicon Valley: Biden to take ‘government motion’ to deal with SolarWinds breach | Facebook and Google reply to Australian proposed regulation | DOJ costs North Korean hackers with stealing .3 billion in cryptocurrency Congress makes renewed push on self-driving automobiles invoice Juan Williams: Bring sanity again to the GOP MORE (S.D.) on Thursday blasted members of his get together for dashing to censure the Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of convicting former President TrumpDonald TrumpFederal prosecutors investigated Proud Boys ties to Roger Stone in 2019 case: CNN Overnight Defense: One-third of service members decline coronavirus vaccine | Biden to take government motion in response to Solar Winds hack | US, Japan attain value sharing settlement Trump ‘will not say but’ if he is working in 2024 MORE, accusing them of participating in “cancel tradition.”The Associated Press reported that Thune, the No. 2 Republican senator, defended his GOP colleagues who voted to convict Trump within the first interview he has had since he voted to acquit the previous president.“There was a powerful case made,” Thune stated. “People may come to completely different conclusions. If we’re going to criticize the media and the left for cancel tradition, we will’t be doing that ourselves.”As the AP notes, Thune has stood by House Republican Conference Chairwoman Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyExtra individuals say Greene consultant of Republican Party than Cheney: ballot Republican Party going off the rails? Trump unloads on McConnell, guarantees MAGA major challengers MORE (R-Wyo.) after she voted to question Trump. The Wyoming GOP voted to censure Cheney, and Republican lawmakers equivalent to Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHogan praises Kinzinger in Time profile: ‘Adam proved the measure of his braveness’ Gaetz suggests DeSantis may run for president in 2024 if Trump is out of the image Scarborough says comparisons of Capitol riot to summer season protests irrelevant MORE (Fla.) have led requires Cheney to be faraway from energy.According to the AP, Thune additionally indicated that he would help candidates who “don’t go off and discuss conspiracies and that kind of factor.”“At the grassroots stage, there’s lots of people who need to see Trump-like candidates,” Thune stated. “But I feel we’re going to be searching for candidates which might be electable.”Trump was acquitted final week for the second time after the Senate didn’t safe the 67 votes wanted to convict him. Seven Republican senators voted to convict, making it probably the most bipartisan impeachment vote in historical past.Thune indicated final week that he was open to censuring Trump earlier than the ultimate impeachment vote was held.”I do know there are a few resolutions on the market … I’ve seen a few resolutions at the least that I feel may entice some help,” Thune stated to reporters on the time. The vote to censure Trump would require 60 Senate votes, that means Democrats would want 10 Republicans to vote in favor of censure.Democratic lawmakers have additionally mentioned utilizing the 14th Amendment to forestall Trump from working for federal workplace once more sooner or later. However, Thune was much less supportive of this technique than he was of censure.”I do not assume … these will go anyplace,” he stated final week.