According to a report from Business insider, Republican members of the U.S. Senate who supported Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election may turn on him when it comes time vote on his impeachment.
The reason: They have been cut off by large corporate donors following the storming of the Capitol on the day the Senate went about their duty to certify the election on Jan 6th.
According to the report from Grace Dean, "After Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in a desperate bid to overturn the presidential election results, which turned into a violent insurrection leaving five people dead, businesses have been quick to cut ties with Trump and the lawmakers who backed his baseless claims of election fraud," adding, "This mass exodus of corporate backing could have an effect on politicians' actions, experts told Insider."
Putting it in stark political terms, Donald Hambrick, a professor of management at Smeal College of Business explained, "Cutting funding hits these politicians where it hurts ... probably the more profound of the actions that can be taken."
According to Hambrick, as more damning video is released of the Capitol assault that led to five deaths is released, it will make it harder for Republicans to ignore the events of the day and the impact the president had on them.
"These corporations could have a substantial effect on senators' votes," he explained. "I think senators are gonna be squirming. The Senate vote could be very much not in Trump's favor."
As one CEO, speaking with the founder of Yale's Chief Executive Leadership Institute, put it, "A lot of us are hesitant to wade into political waters. But we need to recognize that threats to the rule of law are legitimate business issues. It's totally legitimate and therefore also very important that we speak out on these issues."
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