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In his column for Intelligencer, political commentator Jonathan Chait asserts that the Republican leadership saw an opening to put distance between themselves and former president Donald Trump, came up with a plan -- and then watched it all fall apart.
So they have given up and accepted that they are stuck with him.
Presented with two impeachment trials where they could have helped Democrats oust the now-former president, Republicans took a pass fearing his ire and his use of the presidential bully pulpit.
As Chait points out, the Jan 6th capitol riot that the president not only inspired but reportedly cheered on, handed them the opportunity to shun Trump and move on with an eye on the future.
With that in mind, the columnist suggests Republicans bite the bullet and hope that Terry McAuliffe defeats Republican Glenn Youngkin for the Virginia governorship because it would prove that candidates backed by Trump are hindered in close elections.
But they are choosing to go all-in on Youngkin instead.
"It's not that mainstream Republicans are morons. They're perfectly aware of the stakes Trump has in the race," he explained.
Chait notes that this is just the latest opportunity Republicans have been handed, but once again they are balking.
"This is the basic choice the Republican Establishment has been making for more than half a dozen years now. The last time Republicans made it was during Trump's second impeachment," Chait recalled. "At first the insurrection so revolted them they briefly set out to make a permanent break that would prevent Trump from running again. Then they lost their nerve but told themselves they would isolate him from the party and eliminate his power without holding an impeachment vote. Then they simply gave up on that plan altogether."
The columnist notes that the party has been fractured by the former president which will continue to be a roadblock to reaching a consensus that they need to move on, and that Trump knows how to manipulate the GOP caucus to his benefit.
"Trump has a talent — it is one of his few positive attributes — for sniffing out human weakness. He grasped early on that while many Republicans objected to his behavior, few of them cared about it more than they cared about winning," he wrote, "... so he keeps giving them the choice of splitting with him and his base and risking political defeat, or sticking with him and having a chance to win. They consistently choose the latter."
Chait notes that, having given up trying to move past Trump, Republicans are now doing their best to purge his critics.
"After impeachment, remember, the Republican plan was to isolate Donald Trump to make it impossible for him to have a future in Republican politics. Now Republicans are carrying out this plan against the surviving anti-Trump Republicans," he wrote before concluding, "If Trump or his successors ever bring down American democracy, history will record that Republicans decided to cast their lot with him. Indeed, all the evidence we have is that they never even considered the alternative."
You can read the whole piece here.
Officer Michael Fanone rips right-wing Republicans who claim to ‘love police’ — but not the ones hurt on Jan. 6
Officer Michael Fanone bashed right-wing Republicans who align themselves with police but seem unconcerned with accountability for the Donald Trump supporters who harmed officers during the U.S. Capitol riot.
The Washington, D.C., metropolitan police officer appeared Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he condemned lawmakers who he believes are lying about the Jan. 6 insurrection and refusing to hold the former president and his allies accountable for stoking the violence with false claims about the election.
"It's interesting to see, obviously, the individuals who I guess were politically affiliated with the left kind of, well, they did demonize police officers, and I mean there were crimes perpetrating by law enforcement officers in this country that were outrageous, and there's a history of racism going back, you know, a long, long time in this country," Fanone said. "Unfortunately, historically speaking, law enforcement played a part in that, and I'm the first person who wants to be part of that conversation going forward. I don't believe that police officers are above reproach, but I also don't believe that all police officers are evil. In fact, I think it's one of the most honorable, selfless professions that a person can aspire to be a part of."
"At the same time, watching the right handle officers who responded to the Capitol and saying, 'Oh, we love police, we just don't love those police' -- I'm not stupid," Fanone added. "Like, I see it for what it is, and it's pandering, and I don't want to be pandered to. I want to have an honest conversation, and I think we're not engaging in an honest conversation in this country with regards to a lot of things, one of them being police reform. Policing and police reform, the conversation, I look at it kind of like a Rubik's cube. All of the stakeholders -- police officers, management, politicians, media and the communities -- all need to engage in that conversation honestly. Just like all sides of a Rubik's cube, if it doesn't all match and everybody is not all in, we're just verbally masturbating."
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Former "The View" panelist Meghan McCain received a public fact-check from one of her father's best friends about one of the claims in her newly released audiobook.
"I saw Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner sitting towards the back. As far as I knew, they had not been invited but they showed up anyway. Funeral crashers. It never even crossed my mind that they would come. Why would you go to something like that?" McCain wondered. "It seemed audacious even for them."
But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) responded to McCain's claim in a telephone interview with The Washington Post, in which he said "their presence was approved."
"She was upset they were there — I understand that, and she has hard feelings but I know what happened and nobody showed up uninvited," Graham said. "I love Meghan McCain and I understand how stressful all this has been for her and those who attack her dad will never be forgiven by her."
A spokesperson for McCain said "she stands by the accuracy of her memoir."
A source close Trump and Kushner, also known as Javanka, threw shade at McCain.
"Jared and Ivanka had about as much interest in attending the funeral as they did the half dozen or so dinner invitations that [husband Ben Domenech] and Meghan pestered them with after the funeral," the source said.
Read the full report.
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