Donald Trump, in the Office for the Former President, safely outside the beltway in Palm Beach County, Florida is still the head of the Republican Party, and he wants Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to know it.
Trump leveled a flamethrower at McConnell in a written statement that began “The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm.”
“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump’s statement read. “He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country.”
As state Republican parties continue to censure their own senators for daring to vote to convict Trump of doing what he was clearly guilty of doing—fomenting a seditious rebellion against his own Vice President and a joint session of Congress doing its constitutional duty—McConnell may quickly regret his voting decision.
Worse, GOP voters are siding with the pugilist Trump, who makes no deals that he can’t personally profit from, and makes no friends he’s not willing to throw into the furnace.
The GOP rank and file is quickly congealing around the dead presidency of Donald J. Trump, and is offering its eternal fealty to his phony throne. The fact that Democrats aren’t willing to make deals is in no small way related to the fact that there’s going to be no party left to make deals with.
If you’re thinking that soon Trump will meet his Waterloo in Fulton County DA Fani Willis, or in the plethora of civil and criminal cases that are beginning to trickle in against the former president, think again.
Trump, pre-politics, is the only person in history to sue the NFL over anti-competitive practices, and win, walking away with a $3 judgment, bankrupting the USFL, and moving on to the next grift. He’s bankrupted an airline, a casino, turned cities into ghost towns, and in office, alienated more American generals than the German high command in WW2.
The biggest problem everyone seems to have with Trump is not taking him seriously enough. In 2016, Republicans and Democrats didn’t take his enormous name recognition and media sway seriously enough. They fed into his personality cult, thinking voters would reject his crackpot politics, but instead they attracted to him like a magnet.
Some preachers warned against the idolatry of putting the care of the evangelical church into the hands of a proud and unrepentant sinner. But instead of the sinner repenting, or the church rebuking the sinner, the church embraced him and waved away his sin in a cringeworthy act of groveling. Then many of the military and church-going conservatives followed Trump down a dark hole of conspiracy, resulting in a violent breach of public trust in an attack on the Capitol.
Then these voters and party apparatchiks turned their anger on their own senators, who were witnesses to the carnage—American carnage that Trump in his inauguration speech said he would cure, but instead incited. The Senate foolishly stopped short of defeathering Trump’s ability to run for high office again, trusting lower courts, the media, and America’s corporate and Big Tech censors to muzzle him.
What they’re all finding is that Trump has a way of getting around, through, over and beyond such half-measures.
Trump is right. The Republican Party does not deserve to be led by Mitch McConnell. Not because McConnell lacks the backbone to fight for Trump’s agenda (in fact, McConnell did quite a bit to advance Trump’s agenda while in office), but because McConnell lacks the discernment to know that Trump had to be defenestrated by conviction of his own party.
Now that’s done, and Trump has leveled his considerable power at McConnell. I think Trump will survive, and McConnell won’t.
I was in favor of many of the things Trump accomplished in office. But I cannot bear the price of those accomplishments, and the price of pursuing them now is far too high. I fear that we’ve lost the momentum, and that the GOP itself will careen into illiberal and authoritarian corners that will bring the full force of Democrats’ control of Washington to bear. Violence will follow.
Trump’s flamethrower is still very much lit, and McConnell is about to feel the heat.
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