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Opinion: Under Trump, the GOP may have lost its soul

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: U.S. President Donald Trump exits the White House to walk toward Marine One on the South Lawn on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Following last week's deadly pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol, President Trump is making his first public appearance with a trip to the town of Alamo, Texas to view the construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Charlie Dent writes that a reckoning within the GOP has arrived. Will this fractured party brought to ruin continue to follow a twice-impeached former President who abused his office and violated Congress in such a hideous way?

(CNN)Donald John Trump will be remembered as the only president in American history to be impeached on two separate occasions.

Under Trump, the GOP lost the House of Representatives in 2018 and the White House and the Senate in 2020.

It is now fractured between Trump supporters and those who want a clean break from him.

While many House Republicans reportedly supported impeachment, only 10 courageous GOP members actually voted for it.

If the Senate were to convict Trump and prohibit him from ever seeking high office again, many House Republicans would be most grateful and relieved.

The GOP representatives who voted in favor of impeachment represent geographically diverse areas.

Explaining his vote in support of impeachment, Don Newhouse (R-Washington), with simple eloquence, said it best: "I will not use process as an excuse.

Michigan GOP freshman Congressman Peter Meijer, a US Army veteran who fought in Iraq and part of a family that founded a highly successful retail chain, demonstrated real courage and genuine leadership with his affirmative impeachment vote on his eleventh day in the House.

He was joined by my friends Fred Upton, John Katko, Adam Kinzinger, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Tom Rice and David Valadao, with whom I spent time as part of the Tuesday Group, a coalition of roughly 40 pragmatic, center-right Republicans I co-chaired for 12 years while serving in the House.

In fact, eight of the 10 affirmative GOP impeachment votes were Tuesday Group members.

Cheney, the third-highest ranking House Republican, released a powerful statement in support of her principled position.

No doubt an enraged and unhinged Trump will incite his supporters to challenge Cheney and the others who put loyalty to country and Constitution above party in future primaries.

Defending Democracy Together, an organization led by Bill Kristol, has pledged to raise and spend $50 million to defend Republicans who hold President Trump accountable for inciting an attack on the US Capitol.

"We want to say to any Republican who votes to impeach or remove Trump: You will not be left alone," said Kristol.

The GOP senators are manifestly more hostile to the President than their GOP House counterparts.

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