Not a few analysts consider that the Republican Party is leaking and that it could even accompany the Titanic to the bottom of the ocean. The iceberg that the GOP (Great Old Party-Old Great Party, as it is known) collided with is none other than former President Donald Trump, who in American politics seems to have only shown the orange crest for four years, when in reality he has all the body immersed in the stormy waters of the republican membership.
The second trial of impeachment —Which began on Tuesday and ended as expected, with his acquittal, because the 67 votes necessary for his conviction in the Senate were not reached—, is also demonstrating the breakdown of the Republican ranks and, at the same time, the effective power of the Trumpism that, with the assault on Congress by its hordes, on January 6, called into question and made US “democracy” stagger.
With 57 for finding him “guilty” and 43 against, the result showed that seven GOP senators voted for his conviction: Richard Burr-North Carolina, Bill Cassidy-Louisiana, Susan Collins-Maine, Mitt Romney-Utah, Lisa Murkowski- Alaska, Pat Toomey-Pennsylvania and Ben Sasse-Nebraska.
However, the Republican bankruptcy goes from one extreme to another and a certainty is imposed, a good part of its membership believes in Trump and assumes his many lies as true, including that of having his presidency stolen (three out of four say in the surveys that this was what happened), so that the conservatism that characterized that party has been running towards more extreme and fanatical positions, hence the xenophobia and authoritarianism put into practice during his administration reflected a sentiment extended also in a important segment of society.
Let’s not forget that 74 million Americans voted for Trump last November, and 45 percent have supported the Capitol incidents.
The analyst Robert Reich commented in this regard that “Trump has spent the last four years seducing the voters in his world, turning the GOP of a political party into a grotesque projection of his pathological narcissism.”
But at the same time, the right-wing centrism that might remain among Republicans took a smashing impact on January 6, and according to The New York Times, some 140,000 of its voters began a process of party affiliation change in 25 states – where the newspaper could find that record — as happened in California, Pennsylvania, and even Arizona.
The situation was also shown in the antipodean positions of two republican policies and the response that each received from their fellow legislators, from both parties. We talk about Marjorie Taylor Greene and Liz Cheney.
Greene, a Republican representative from Georgia, newly elected last November, whose extremist position is evident on social media by promoting theories and conspiracies of the extremist movement QAnon, one of the violent groups that took over Washington’s Capitol.
This was one of her campaign ads: armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, she warned the “Antifa terrorists” not to “set foot in Northwest Georgia” and, in another, also with the rifle at the ready , next to a collage of photos of Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other young congresswomen of the so-called progressivism, Greene affirmed that it was time for “strong conservative Christians to go on the offensive against these socialists who want to break our country.”
By the way, since his arrival in Congress, he has displayed protective masks with slogans such as “Trump won” or “Stop the robbery.”
The lower house, with a Democratic majority, after Greene’s support for the violent invasion of the Capitol, passed a motion to remove her from the legislative committees where she sits, despite the resistance and the unfavorable vote of the republican minority, which It was thus tied to this staunch defender of Trumpism, although some of her co-religionists consider her a cancer within the party.
In turn, Liz Cheney, a proven constitutional conservative and defender of a “strong America”, who works to reduce the size of the Government in Wyoming, with a position of support for Trump policies such as the expansion of the border wall with Mexico or the An entry ban or other measures against Muslims, was targeted by Trump loyalists led by Matt Gaetz, because the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney voted to impeach Trump for his inciting role in the events of January 6. .
The ambivalence in the Republican ranks extends to the point that there is already talk that some are thinking of creating another party. The curious thing is that there is a bifurcation in favor of an absolutely Trumpist group and another in rejection of the Trumpization of republicanism and the allegations of fraud made by the tycoon and his incitement to riot.
Dozens of former officials of the Ronald Reagan and Bush governments, both the father and the son, former ambassadors, political strategists and other personalities of that entity, are willing to shape a center-right split, and it was known that they held a video call to discuss the issue and create a platform loyal to the Constitution and the rule of law, concerned that eight senators and 139 Republican representatives voted to block the certification of Joe Biden as president of the nation, just hours after the invasion to the Capitol.
Reuters revealed that the faction’s participants included Evan McMullin, former chief policy officer of the Republican Conference, John Mitnick, general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security under Trump; former Republican Congressman Charlie Dent; Elizabeth Neumann, deputy chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security under Trump; and Miles Taylor, another former Trump national security official.
However, there is a reality, although the evidence presented by the Democratic accusers showed that Donald Trump is disqualified from being part of American politics and, of course, from re-occupying the presidency, he has not been alone in what happened during his four years at the helm of the White House and even more, since the result of the November elections that prevented his re-election.
Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Joshua David Hawley (Missouri), stood out in the debate for not certifying Biden and gave demonstrations of support to the protesting mob of January, and there are those who consider that they should be prosecuted just like Trump and the detained for participating in the aggression against the legislative institution, and also put on that list Lindsey Graham, Ron Johnson and Rand Paul for amplifying inflammatory lies as well as other extremist social and media personalities.
There is a certainty, no matter what the outcome of the impeachment, American politics and society are at an inflection point and not exactly on the right track, although it is also valid to note that at the other end of the rope that is tightened, there is another faction, Democratic or independent, that points to a “Progressivism” or “democratic socialism” as some called it, which will have to be seen how much they can pressure, influence or do in the political game of the imperial state par excellence.
But the threat came immediately with the declaration of Donald Trump celebrating his acquittal, his aspiration to run for the White House in 2024: “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to make America great again has only just begun. . I have so much to share with you in the coming months, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it.
God take confessed Americans and the world, my grandmother would say very seriously.