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If there's one piece of data discovered from the primary elections in 2022 it's that former President Donald Trump is quickly losing control of the Republican Party.
Writing for the Washington Post, data analyst David Byler, cited a series of opinion polls that show Republicans see Trump and the GOP as the same entity.
Trump came into office as a kind of anti-establishment outsider, but after four years in office, that status has been muddied, the analysis shows. Trump was able to swing into power because, during the 2016 campaigns, many Republicans viewed their own party unfavorably. They indicated they wanted an outsider. Now, they view Trump's wing of the GOP as the establishment/Washington wing.
"Moreover, Republicans admire their party more than they did before Trump’s takeover. For much of 2015 and 2016, only 50 to 60 percent of Republicans viewed their own party favorably. Now, after some ups and downs, that number is up to 75 percent," wrote Byler.
He showed two graphs, the line graph shows that after Jan. 6, pride among GOP members plummeted. It's been a slow climb back up, but the more Trump appears to stay out of the public, the more the pride among GOP voters increases.
ABC News' Jonathan Karl wrote in his 2021 book that on the last day in the White House for Trump, the outgoing president was flying off the lawn on his way to Andrews Air Force Base. In a phone call with Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, Trump raged he was starting his own party. There was a back and forth with threats and ultimately Trump agreed not to.
Over the past two years, Trump has been able to remake the GOP in his own image, but that's not necessarily a good thing for him.
See the charts below and the full report and additional data sets at the Washington Post.
Texas county GOP censures Republican John Cornyn and demands 'immediate resignation' over gun safety vote
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002, has a very right-wing voting record. But in the Trumpified Republican Party of 2022, it isn’t uncommon for arch-conservative Republicans to be told that they aren’t conservative enough — and the 70-year-old GOP senator now finds himself being formally censured by the Collin County, Texas Republican Party.
On Monday, August 1, according to Dallas Morning News reporter Emily Caldwell, the Collin County GOP “passed a resolution” to censure Cornyn “over actions the party believes run counter to the core principles of the Republican Party of Texas, including his work on recent federal gun violence legislation.”
Cornyn has long described himself as a “leading defender of” the U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment, and he has been very friendly with the National Rifle Association (NRA) over the years. But as the Collin County GOP sees it, Cornyn committed a cardinal sin when he helped advance a gun safety bill in the U.S. Senate. President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022 into law in late June.
“The Collin County GOP is the latest in a string of county parties to censure Cornyn since the senior Texas senator helped steer a bipartisan bill to address gun violence through Congress,” Caldwell reports. “In June, delegates at the Republican Party of Texas State Convention booed and jeered Cornyn as he explained the key components of the gun deal.”
In June, Cornyn stressed to Raw Story that Biden didn’t get everything he wanted with the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022.
Abraham George, chairman of the Collin County Republican Party, declared that the censure “calls for” Cornyn’s “immediate resignation” from the U.S. Senate and “also calls for the” Texas Republican Party “to take actions on it.”
George’s call for Cornyn’s resignation is merely performative, as the chances of Cornyn resigning from the U.S. Senate in response to the censure are slim and none. And his critics in the GOP won’t be able to subject him to any type of primary challenge for another four years; Cornyn was reelected to the Senate for another six-year term in 2020 and won’t be up for reelection until 2026.
According to Joshua Blank, research director for the Texas Politics Project, the Collin County Republican Party’s censure of Cornyn doesn’t mean much.
Blank told the Dallas Morning News, “The path that John Cornyn has blazed is one that’s led him to the cusp of basically being the Republican leader in the U.S. Senate, and that involves, in some ways, taking difficult positions on certain issues in order to show leadership within the Republican caucus in the Senate. That doesn’t always play out very well in Texas.”
Blank added, however, that a censure from the Texas GOP could become problematic for Cornyn in 2026.
“I don’t think it would necessarily carry more weight with voters in any sort of real way,” Blank told the Dallas Morning News, “but what I think it does do is it gives the green light for primary challengers, and ammunition for primary challengers.”
Former 'Law & Order' writer: I'd never dream of creating lawyers as 'dumb' as the ones Alex Jones hired
InfoWars founder Alex Jones got a nasty surprise in court on Tuesday when an attorney representing the families of Sandy Hook victims informed him that his own lawyers had accidentally handed over a digital copy of his entire cell phone -- and that it contained evidence of potential perjury.
Jones appeared taken aback by this revelation, and he said that it was a "Perry Mason moment" in his defamation trial.
Reacting to this, NBC News reporter Ben Collins joked that the popular, long-running legal drama "Law & Order" had never featured "a twist as good as 'Alex Jones' lawyers accidentally sent Sandy Hook parents' lawyers the entire contents of his phone and his long-hidden financials, but they waited 12 days to let him lie' in my life."
David Slack, an actual former writer for "Law & Order," replied to Collins's tweet and informed him that he and his fellow writers "wouldn’t have let a lawyer do something that dumb" on the series, presumably because it would defy believability.
Jones has been in court this week to attempt to limit the amount of damages he will have to pay to the families of Sandy Hook victims who say that they still get harassed to this day by people who have been taken in by Jones's false claims about their dead children