In an interview with NPR Monday, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa promoted his and Bob Woodward's new book Peril, which will be released to the public on Tuesday.
Speaking to Steve Inskeep, Costa described the strange way that Republicans seem to hate former President Donald Trump but also still want him to run again in 2024. He noted that the country and the Republican Party were both brought to the brink and he doesn't understand why the party leaders would want that again.
"He has been trying to get President Trump to run again," Costa said of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). "And he is someone - even though he has said publicly - and in our book documents privately - that this election fraud stuff is B.S., he's been trying to get President Trump to get to a better spot. He believes President Trump is the future of the Republican Party, that he could come back in 2024. And that's partly why we called the book Peril. Woodward and I realized that this system, the American system and also the Republican Party were tested to the brink, and that peril remains. President Trump's a political figure who remains on the scene with immense political capital."
Inskeep noted that using Graham's own words could paint a terrible picture of Donald Trump throughout the years. He didn't understand why Graham keeps coming back to Trump.
"The question I ask as a reporter is, why do all these Republicans seem to want him to run again?" said Costa. "Maybe not necessarily Leader McConnell in the Senate based on our reporting, who says President Trump privately is almost like an off-track thoroughbred, a Kentucky term. But you see the Republicans searching for a way to come back in 2022, 2024. And they see President Trump, with his appeal to his voters, is probably maybe their only horse. But there are others out there who are trying to compete, maybe even Pence."
He went on to say that there was an internal debate in the GOP between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Graham about the direction of the party. McConnell wants to move toward traditional Republicanism where Graham wants full Trumpism.
MAGA rioter lashes out at judge over late trial date: 'I broke nothing -- my life's been turned upside down!'
Couy Griffin, the founder of "Cowboys for Trump" who is facing two misdemeanor charges for breaking into the United States Capitol on January 6th, is not happy that he won't go on trial until next year.
Politico reports that U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden on Monday set Griffin's trial date for March 2022, which Griffin said was far too long of a wait.
"I broke nothing, I didn't fight with anybody," Griffin complained upon learning the date. "My life's been turned upside down... I'm being punished every day I don't have a trial."
The judge said he was empathetic with Griffin, but he said that the flood of MAGA riot cases clogging up the court systems meant he would have to wait.
"I understand your frustration," McFadden said. "But we are where we are."
Earlier this year, Griffin tried to argue that his case should be dismissed on the ground that he was supposedly being prosecuted for his political beliefs.
However, the Trump-appointed McFadden shot down those arguments and ruled that Griffin "comes up short on providing the 'clear evidence' required" to prove that he was being selectively prosecuted due to his political views.
Conservative begs Democrats to give Biden 'a win' so they don't lose to Trump's 'nutty Republican Party' next year
On CNN Monday, Mona Charen, a writer for the conservative National Review, highlighted the urgency for Democrats to secure a win for President Joe Biden in the infrastructure negotiations, as they also seek to avoid losing control of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections.
"One of the things that a lot of Democratic strategists think that they have to their benefit is Donald Trump," said anchor Jake Tapper. "Donald Trump is still out there chasing out of the party, or out of a job, Congressman Gonzalez of Ohio, for example. A Republican whose only sin was that he doesn't want to lie about the election. The Wall Street Journal had a very powerful editorial in favor of Gonzalez and pointing out the more that Trump does this, the harder it is for the Republican Party to win elections."
"Which ties us back to Gloria's point, which is Biden needs a win," said Charen. "He needs to be seen as successful. The Democrats are acting as if, if they lose, if they are unsuccessful, that the Republican Party that's going to take over is the party of McCain and Romney. It's not. It's this nutty Republican Party that Donald Trump is even now forming in his image with, you know, secretary of state races and local races where he is trying to put in place the kinds of people who will not do what — who will do, rather, what Republicans refuse to do in 2020, namely overturn a fair election."
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