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Opinion: Should we pity Trump, 'the former guy'?

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Dubbed with a new "title" by President Biden, and deprived of the presidency and ignored by others, Trump is focusing on the Republican Party and causing the type of distress that once affected so many Americans -- the ones who found relief in defeating him at the ballot box and sending him packing, writes Michael D'Antonio. Now it's the GOP's turn to decide what it will do with "the former guy."

At another, Biden said this: "For four years, all that's been in the news is Trump.

As CNN's Manu Raju reported, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has decided to ignore Trump for the foreseeable future.

(A majority, with Democrats joined by seven Republicans, found Trump guilty, but conviction requires a two-thirds vote. ) McConnell voted not guilty on procedural grounds, he said, but then offered a blistering attack on the outgoing President.

"The mob was fed lies," said McConnell, referring to both Trump's refusal to accept Biden's win and the Capitol riot.

In his post-presidency, Trump used one of his first interviews to repeat the lie that he won the 2020 election and promised Sean Hannity of Fox News that in the future there will be "a lot to talk about. " However, in Washington, Trump seems less relevant to senior Republicans like McConnell and those who voted to convict him at the end of the impeachment trial.

But Graham's initiative only highlights his own apparent ambivalence toward "the former guy. " In remarks on the Senate floor, delivered in the immediate aftermath of the insurrection, when lawmakers reconvened to certify Biden's election, Graham seemed to break with Trump, saying, "count me out. " He soon returned to the Trump camp, though, boosting the ex-President's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, as a candidate for the US Senate in a Fox News interview.

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