On Tuesday, writing for The Washington Post, MSNBC morning host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough lamented that former President Donald Trump's destruction of the Republican Party is all but complete.
"Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham told me ... that Trump was like a hijacker taking control of an airplane while the passengers cheered him on," wrote Scarborough. "Now that flying machine is disintegrating in the air, much like the United Airlines flight that scattered engine parts across Colorado this past weekend. Fortunately, that passenger plane landed safely. I suspect there will be no happy ending for the party of Trump."
"The damage inflicted on Republicans since 2016 cannot be overstated," wrote Scarborough. "Even before his disastrous handling of the pandemic, Trump's impulsiveness, ignorance, racist screeds and gratuitous personal attacks offended enough suburban Republicans and swing voters nationwide to cause disastrous election results for the party in the 2018 midterms. In 2018 and 2019, Democrats won gubernatorial races in the bright-red states of Kansas, Louisiana and Kentucky."
Despite this dire situation, and despite losing the White House and Congress, Republicans are obsessed only with "seeking out political sinners," noted Scarborough — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is now on the outs with Trump, and Republican officials around the country are censuring lawmakers who voted to impeach or convict the former president for his role in the Capitol riot.
"Democrats love the madness of it all," wrote Scarborough. "They know it was Trump who made it possible for Pelosi to become speaker of the House yet again. They know it was Trump's idiocy during the Georgia runoffs that made Schumer the Senate majority leader and put Bernie Sanders in charge of the Senate Budget Committee. It was Trump who offended enough suburban voters to elect Democrats to both Senate seats in Arizona and Georgia, and allowed Senate Democrats to begin filling federal court vacancies with liberals. Because of Trump, Democrats own all the levers of power in Washington."
"As Biden's approval rating rises toward the upper 50s, Trump's Republican Party plummets ever closer to catastrophe. And yet, even as their plane disintegrates, Trump's passengers keep celebrating every wrong move, every wrong turn and every pilot error that will seal their party's fate," concluded Scarborough. "As Sen. Lindsey O. Graham said at the start of this long, disastrous trip, 'If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed.' The South Carolina Republican was right back then. The only question now is why Graham and so many of his fellow passengers continue to cheer on their hapless hijacker."
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