Donald Trump's allies are insisting the former president isn't mad about impeachment, and that he's almost laughing, actually.
Senate Republicans seemed for a moment as if they might convict Trump of inciting the deadly U.S. Capitol insurrection, but three weeks after he left office he seems to have maintained his grip on the party as he heads into his second impeachment trial in a year, reported Politico.
"He's Teflon, right?" said one former Trump campaign official. "It's been a month since the Capitol riot and I would say, for the most part, the GOP has coalesced back behind him."
A former aide said Trump should show how little he cares about this week's proceedings at the Capitol by playing golf "as a way of sort of saying, 'Who cares?'"
Some Senate Republicans, such as Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), have criticized the former president's actions before his supporters stormed into the Capitol in an effort to overturn his election loss, but Trump allies say they relish the thought of any of them speaking up during the trial or voting to convict.
"It's going to help expose more bad apples that he can primary if any senators vote to convict," the former campaign official said.
The Trump camp feels confident in acquittal, but they insist the former president will keep his base no matter what.
"If a win is pushing back, staying strong and ensuring our base is still able to hold their heads up high and stand tall," said former Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn, "then we've got to fight these frivolous and empty accusations all across the board."