The Republican Party is Dying from the Age of Trumpism
Saturday the United States Senate voted 57-43 to acquit former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial. 7 Republican senators joined the Democrats to vote for conviction in a sign that the Republican Party is splintering following the reign of Donald Trump over this country and their party.
What comes next for the Republican Party? There is a reckoning coming as members stand behind their former leader while others are trying to move the party forward post Trump.
As MSN reports the splintering is already happening.
Trump had already announced plans to retaliate against Republicans who crossed him. The former president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. on Saturday tweeted a critical video and vowed retribution against McConnell and other Republicans.
Whit Ayres, a veteran Republican pollster, sees the strong Republican opposition to impeachment as a sign Trump’s populist wing of the party remains dominant.
“It tells me that it will take a lot more than we’ve seen thus far to undermine the populist wing’s control of the Republican Party primaries,” he said. “The real question is how much damage will be done to the Republican Party brand, and it’s too early to determine that at this point.”
Trump ended his term with the lowest job approval of his presidency — 29% — amid a surge in negative sentiment about his post-election conduct, including his call for supporters to march to the Capitol, according to a January survey by the Pew Research Center. And 68% of Americans don’t want him to remain a major political figure after he leaves office, according to the January 8-12 survey of 5,460 U.S. adults.
The biggest fear is Trump laying low in his Florida estate planning his attack. The power that he has created within the GOP is far-reaching and that is evident with the attack on the U.S. Capitol. He has a MAGA army ready to attack for him. The southern base is strong and rooted in Trumpism which will cause this splintering. It is apparent when you look at who is voting to impeach and convict him. Generally, it is Republican members of Congress from northern states. It’s like the Civil War all over again.
What comes next? Who is the leader of the Republican Party?
It is hard to tell right now as they are running all over the place. The impact that Trump has had on the GOP is far reaching and will last for years.
Chamberlain said Republicans can unite in challenging Biden’s agenda if it veers too far left. She said the group’s polling suggests coalescing around a platform of coronavirus vaccinations, getting kids back to school, lowering the cost of health insurance premiums and tax breaks for child care.
Julian Zelizer, a historian at Princeton University, said the Republican Party will have a hard time moving on from Trump, even if many of them want to.
“It’s a dilemma because if you don’t like what it’s become, it’s like: leave because this is a party that doesn’t play nice with outliers,” he said. “You basically have to risk your career in the Republican party and in politics if you’re going to take a stand.”