When Donald Trump ran for the Republican nomination in 2016, all of his opponents knew there was something wrong with him. Marco Rubio and Chris Christie got into fierce exchanges with him. Ted Cruz refused to support him at the RNC. Lindsey Graham said that he would destroy the party.
The GOP enabled Donald Trump for 4 years. But following the end of his term, 7 Republican senators crossed party lines to convict Trump of impeachment.
The senate will soon vote on holding a 1/6 commission to investigate the lead-up to the Capitol insurrection. And in order for the commission to happen, 10 GOP senators would have to support the message. The odds of that happening took a hit today when Richard Burr said he would vote against the measure.
There is a fierce debate within GOP ranks about what to do with Donald Trump. The majority of Republican lawmakers seem to be on team Trump, though there is a divide between the house and the senate.
But the decision of whether Trump remains the standard bearer of the party or not will come down to Republican voters. While he received plenty of support in certain regions, he did just lose an election by 7,052,770 votes. He also turns off educated voters and suburban women at alarming rates.
Donald Trump has barely been out of office, but he is desperate to maintain his control of the Republican party. The GOP members of the House of Representatives seem eager to give it to him. They recently stripped Liz Cheney of her leadership position for coming out against Trump.
Chuck Schumer has had to deal with Mitch McConnell for a very long time. Starting n 2014, McConnell and the Republicans held the senate. The idea of negotiating with the Kentucky senator was essentially a joke. McConnell used his power to shut down a supreme court nomination and push through a tax cut for the wealthy.
If the last 5 years showed us anything, it is that Republicans are willing to defend basically any action. How else could you have Donald Trump as your party’s standard bearer.
The investigation into Matt Gaetz, though, has been a good test for the GOP. The lunatics in the party, like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan defended him. Most others, however, have stayed silent on the matter.
Lindsey Graham has rarely shown any kind of backbone since Donald Trump took over the Republican party. He was fiercely opposed to Trump during the 2016 primary but is now one of his biggest enablers.
And the former president is still obsessed with the claim that he was cheated out of the 2020 election. And his message certainly resonates with those who support the GOP. According to a recent poll, 67% of Republican voters don’t believe that Biden was the winner of the most recent election.
As soon as Donald Trump realized that Joe Biden would be taking his job, he started planning on running again in 2024. And while the Republican party certainly seems to be behind him, there are also some significant hurdles.
Donald Trump remains very popular with Republican voters. The man was able to capture 75 million votes in 2020. Of course, he failed to hold the White House, Senate or House during his four years in office.
This weeks drama in the House of Representatives showed the differences in leadership style between Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell. McCarthy has been completely compromised by Donald Trump.
When the former president first incited the January 6th insurrection, McCarthy called him out. But after the House Minority Leader was called down to Mar-a-Lago, he came back to Washington fully on board with team Trump.
The Republican party is nowadays, the party of Donald Trump and white grievance. And if anyone speaks out against Trump’s ideals, they need to be punished immediately.
The latest member on the firing squad is Liz Cheney. While Cheney can’t lose her job as a congresswoman, GOP Reps. will soon remove her from her leadership position. And Trump’s pick for the new Chair of the House Republican Conference is Elise Stefanik.
Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell have very different leadership styles. Since Trump left office in January, McConnell and Republican senators have barely mentioned him (outside of lap-dog Lindsey Graham). Kevin McCarthy and GOP congresspeople, however, mention Trump every chance they get.
Will Hurd should have been a rising star in the GOP. He was one of the few minority Republicans in the House of Representatives and had an impressive background as a former CIA agent.
But unlike many of his fellow Republicans, Hurd was willing to stand up to Donald Trump. He voted against Trump’s government shutdown in 2019 and also voted to condemn the former president for comments he made about “the Squad.”
Ted Cruz was one of the first members of the resistance against Donald Trump. The Texas senator finished 2nd to Trump during the 2016 nomination race. The competition between the two of them was contentious with Trump belittling Cruz’s wife and making wild accusations about his father.
Meghan McCain‘s father John McCain was one of the most revered Republicans of his day. He was often referred to as a Maverick due to his willingness to buck the party line.
Liz Cheney attempted to be a post-Trump maverick back in January of this year. And for voting her conscience, she has been pilloried by the Republican party.
Now that Donald Trump is out of office, many members of the GOP are focused on making sure the worst aspects of his presidency are forgotten about. They want to keep in the good graces of his voters, of course, but they also want to move the party forward.
Donald Trump really, really wants to stay in control of the Republican party. And he’s doing everything he can to do so. If a GOP lawmaker speaks out against him, he finds a primary opponent for them. And he has powerful backers in his corner like Kevin McCarthy, Lindsey Graham and the entire Fox News network.
Senate Republicans expressed their opposition to President Joe Biden‘s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan in an internal memo, referring to it as a “partisan slush fund” and characterizing it as unnecessary and wasteful, a sign that things are back to normal as Republicans pretend to care about government spending despite the exorbitant price tag during the Trump era when at least one chamber of Congress was always under GOP control.
So far, American citizens have been getting vaccinated at an amazing rate. Joe Biden has completely smashed his initial inoculation goals. And this week it was announced that one quarter of Americans are now fully vaccinated.
For the last year, Donald Trump has minimized the risk of contracting COVID-19. The former president even fell ill with the virus in October of 2020. Trump had a bad case of the illness, much worse than his Doctors revealed to the public.