Donald Trump’s supposed hold on the republican party is only as strong as long as he remains a viable candidate to run for office again as a presidential candidate.
It makes sense that as the Republican president who was able to turn out the most votes ever, Republican officeholders would be terrified of his ability to run his own lackeys to the right of them. Nevertheless, that theory bears some examining.
Sure an argument can be made about his ability to play kingmaker still, even if he is convicted and is rendered unable to hold federal office ever again.
That idea presupposes that Trump ever did anything unless he can grift from it. It is a stretch to believe that Donald Trump would extend himself in any effort that would not include the perks of living in the white house, flying air force one, and enjoying the trappings of power the presidency affords.
It is almost a surety that Donald Trump would have no interest in politics outside of the possibility of enriching himself.
Here’s a novel idea; Senate Republicans can rid themselves of him once and for all if every Republican Senator votes to convict Trump in the upcoming senate trials.
It is alleged that some of them were opposed to what he was doing to the country while he was in the white house. I did not believe any of that argument put forth by the mainstream media.
Donald Trump committed crimes against the country when he decided to use aid to Ukraine to leverage opposition research data on Joe Biden.
Republican Senators saw the full extent of Trump’s crimes, not just in the Ukraine matter but in the still undisclosed Russian collusion matter.
Republican Senators knew the extent of Trump’s crimes, and if they did not, they did not deserve to be in the positions of power they are.
They had the opportunity to uphold the oaths they took to uphold the Constitution. They did not, only Senator Mitt Romney of Utah voted to convict the clearly criminal Donald Trump, they all chose political expediency over their obligations to the constitution.
What’s the harm to Republicans if Senators respect their oaths to the Constitution and vote to convict a president that tried to overthrow the government and install himself president for life?
Are Republican voters going to primary all 50 senators? Is that what the servile US Republican Senator from South Carolina means will destroy the party if they push Donald Trump out?
Yes, that is the fear; they fear that Donald Trump would encourage his MAGA army not to support elected officials who do not bow down to him, thereby splitting the Republican party apart.
And so folks like Lindsay Graham would rather support a despotic lying seditionist that cede power to the other party while his party rebuilds free from the stench of Trump.
Even if Trump had enough clout to manage a primary against the Republican senators facing the electorate in 22, there is zero evidence that the lackeys he supports could mount a credible challenge to those senators anyway.
Donald Trump’s name would be in those elections, having backed those right-wing alternatives even though his name would not be on the ballots, and so, if and when they fail, it would be Trump who fails, again. It will be the final death blow to the lie being perpetuated about his supposed stranglehold on the party.
Donald Trump lost the house, the senate, the white house; let us not forget that he could not save Loffler and Perdue in Georgia, a formerly ruby-red state, even though he campaigned for them.
All in all, Donald Trump is a loser who could not make it, so he faked it, and now the world sees him for the big fat loser he is.
Republican Senators can do two things right in the upcoming impeachment trials.
♦ Vote to convict a criminal who stirred up race hatred in the country, incited traitors to the country to overthrow the Government on his behalf, resulting in police officers’ death.
♦ Vote to convict, thereby ensuring that he can no longer hold Federal office ever again, removing whatever hold he may have on the party.
♦ Or forever be identified as supporters of QAnon conspiracy theories, lies, disinformation, and being the party that supported and validated an attempt to overthrow the American democracy.
In this second impeachment trial, Republican Senators have a second opportunity to get it right, once and for all, they have the opportunity to send a clear and unequivocal message to Donald Trump and his insurrectionist supporters, take back their party, of forever bear the stain and the stench for posterity, as the men and women who supported Donald Trump’s attacks on America.
Republicans in the House have already demonstrated that they are fully a QAnon caucus. The Senate’s vote on Trump’s second impeachment will confirm for the world that the Republican party is fully the QAnon political party.
It follows that this party should never be trusted with political power, ever again.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.