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Analysis: Republicans' dilemma on defending Trump is tearing the party in two

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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It took more than 200 years for America to rack up its first two presidential impeachments. Now the most lawless commander in chief ever is leading the country toward its second presidential impeachment in just 13 months.

Sometime on Wednesday, the US House of Representatives will vote to hand Donald Trump the dubious historical distinction of first US President to be impeached twice.

"Wherefore, Donald John Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law," the Article of Impeachment reads.

Trump still has a hold on the Republican Party's fervent grassroots supporters, so conventional wisdom suggests he need not worry about being convicted in a Senate trial, which requires a two-thirds majority.

In a stunning move, Mitch McConnell — the hardline Senate majority leader who enabled Trump's wrecking ball presidency — has made it known that he is glad Trump will be impeached.

His number three, Rep. Liz Cheney, daughter of the former vice president, says she will vote to impeach Trump in a "vote of conscience. " In the Senate, Trump's co-conspirators in trashing a fair election, like Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, are playing to his base as they eye future career moves.

But the radical pro-Trump fringe is not going anywhere, and punishing the President may not be good politics: A Quinnipiac University poll shows that only 17% of Republican voters think Trump deserves blame for last week's riot.

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