In a column for USA Today, Jason Sattler suggested that the Republican Party can no longer be trusted to do what is best for the country -- after GOP members of the U.S. Senate refused to convict a plainly guilty Donald Trump of sedition -- and proposed Democrats do everything in their power to demolish the filibuster in order strip them of their last tool to obstruct the country moving forward.
As Sattler notes, Republicans disregarded the fact that Trump was beaten badly in the 2020 presidential election and that the country as a whole has rejected Trumpism after only four years.
Given that, he expressed disgust that Trump was let off the hook during his second impeachment trial.
Calling Trump's incitement of the crowd that stormed the Capitol "heinous," Sattler added, "It can't get much worse than inciting an insurrection that killed five and easily could have taken out several if not dozens more, including the same Republican senators who voted to acquit Trump."
Pointing to the fact that Trump had a hand in the Republican Party losing the White House and both chambers of Congress during his one term -- a feat last achieved by Herbert Hoover -- the columnist maintained that Republicans should have taken a hard look at where their party is headed, but chose to ignore the warning signs.
For that reason, he suggests the modern GOP should have access to the levers of power taken away. Starting with the filibuster that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will likely employ..
"We have now seen the limits of the Republicans who believe they have any responsibility to govern, especially when a Democrat is president: exactly seven Republicans. But to make almost anything happen in Congress, you need 10 Republican senators because of the Senate filibuster. Actually, let's be precise. Because of Mitch's Filibuster™." he wrote before adding, "This gives a minority elected by tens of millions fewer voters an effective veto on almost everything voters elected Joe Biden and Democrats to do."
The columnist continued, "Republicans are already in the process of extreme partisan gerrymandering, making it almost impossible for Democrats to win the House or most state houses. The Senate is constructed to benefit the more rural states that Republicans now dominate. And if Democrats let the filibuster become cement handcuffs, they won't be able to fix democracy," before concluding, "We cannot let Republicans let Trump get away with trying to steal the last election, then go on swiping elections for the rest of this decade and beyond.... The filibuster has to go, or democracy will."
You can read his whole piece here.