MAGA politicians set to 'go down with the ship' as Trump destroys them for his own ego: columnist
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On Thursday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Jennifer Rubin laid out how Republicans are about to "go down with the ship" by tying their fortunes to former President Donald Trump, when he still clearly puts his own ego over their success as a party.

"On Wednesday, former president Donald Trump declared that if his baseless election fraud claim was not 'solved,' he would tell Republicans to stay home in 2022 and 2024. It is one threat Democrats might hope he carries out," said Rubin, a longtime conservative columnist who left over the GOP's hard-right turn.

"Imagine the flashback to early 2021 that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) must be experiencing. Then, as now, Trump ignored pleas to pipe down about his obsession with overthrowing the election so that Republicans might go out to vote for two Republican Senate candidates in Georgia. Trump never stopped whining, Democrats won both seats and Republicans lost the Senate majority."

Even aside from that, noted Rubin, Trump has been advancing his friends as candidates in marquee races despite massive political problems — as happened earlier this week when Georgia's Trump-backed Senate candidate, former football star Herschel Walker, scheduled and then canceled a fundraiser with an activist who used a swastika for an avatar.

"For Democrats, the task is to accurately portray Republicans as out of touch with reality and dangerously loyal to Trump," concluded Rubin. "Whether it is formerly cogent pols such as Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) or newly minted sycophants such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), a party so dominated by a crazed cult leader cannot be trusted to hold power — at any level of government."

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MAGA politicians set to 'go down with the ship' as Trump destroys them for his own ego