On this date one year ago, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day first profiled Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, who was first elected to the U.S. House back in the 1994 “Red Wave” election and has served in the Senate now since 2005. He has already announced back in 2016 that he would not be running for re-election in 2022, when his term is up, and that’s probably for the best because holy s***, is he in it deep right now. For those who missed it, Senator Burr is currently under FBI investigation for insider trading, having his cellphone seized as evidence based on several phone calls he is believed to have made after a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Covid-19. Allegedly (we’ll say allegedly), after hearing about the threat of coronavirus, Burr did the honorable thing and rearranged his stock portfolio to pull between $600,000 and $1.5 million in investments away from shares in hotels, restaurants, and shipping companies. We will, however note that the only reason we may have seen Senator Burr as the target of an investigation, at all, was because he may have drawn the ire of Donald Trump for allowing a Senate subpoena for Donald Trump, Jr., regard his meeting with Russian nationals in Trump Tower in 2016. Trump, up until he was suspended from Twitter, liked to retweet other conservatives who attack Burr on Twitter.
Which, nothing but absolute loyalty to Trump is acceptable to him, it seems, because Burr will still dig in enough to back him up that during the Ukraine scandal, he said he wouldn’t vote to convict him of impeachment even IF a quid pro quo was proven (and it was). Hell, during the 2016 election, he was even willing to make “jokes” about how Hillary Clinton should have a bullseye on her when she was on magazine covers, because why not gear some lunatic up to commit a stochastic terror attack and see if you can get someone assassinated, right?
But back to the insider trading… we kind of believe the allegations, considering back during the 2008 bank foreclosure crisis, Sen. Burr admitted to responding to looming threat of banks going under by telling his wife to run to the ATM every day and pull out as much money as she could before the bank went under:
”Tonight, I want you to go to the ATM machine, and I want you to draw out everything it will let you take. And I want you to tomorrow, and I want you to go Sunday. I was convinced on Friday night that if you put a plastic card in an ATM machine the last thing you were going to get was cash.“
Seems like this whole thing after the meetings about Covid-19 would be consistent with Burr’s past, y’know?
We’re going to point out how much of an extremist that Richard Burr is, as well, in terms of his policy stances, including his desire to privatize Social Security, his belief in life beginning at conception, (i.e. Personhood) and his lifetime 100% rating from the NRA on gun rights (more on some of the specific votes where he did their bidding for large sums of campaign donations below). On the Supreme Court, he isn’t much more mellow, having not just voted for Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, but making it clear that he’d vote for the latter even if the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford were proven in the Senate. Which, only a few years earlier, during 2016 while Mitch McConnell, Burr, and other Republicans were blocking the nomination of Merrick Garland, Richard Burr was promising to block the nomination of Supreme Court Justices for ALL FOUR YEARS of a prospective Clinton presidency.
We had hypothesized whether Richard Burr might resign or be flat out indicted before his term is up in 2022, and that’s why we’re not surprised to report he announced he would not be running for re-election in the mid-terms. With nothing to lose regarding electoral consequences, we’ll note that on his way out the door, Sen. Burr has gone ahead to do things like vote to convict Donald Trump for his role in the 1/6 riot. At least we can’t disagree with that. But we’re still going to give him our finest “GOOD RIDDANCE” salutes, because of, y’know, all the other stuff.
One Year Ago, July 11th, 2020: Richard Burr (NC)… Original Profile
Two Year Ago, July 11th, 2019: Carl Paladino (NY)… 2019 Update
Three Years Ago, July 11th, 2018: Eric Greitens (MO)… 2018 Update
Four Years Ago, July 11th, 2017: Eric Greitens (MO)… 2017 Update
Five Years Ago, July 11th, 2016: Eric Greitens (MO)… Original Profile
Six Years Ago, July 11th, 2015: Jack Fellure (WV)
Seven Years Ago, July 11th, 2014: Carl Paladino (NY)… Original Profile