The GOP's devotion to Trump threatens to destroy American democracy - CNN Politics
May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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With its cultish devotion to Donald Trump, the majority of the Republican Party is choosing a wannabe-autocrat over the political system that made the United States the world's most powerful nation and its dominant democracy.
With its cultish devotion to Donald Trump, the majority of the Republican Party is choosing a wannabe-autocrat over the political system that made the United States the world’s most powerful nation and its dominant democracy.
The ex-President is showing that he doesn’t have to be in the Oval Office to damage faith in US elections and to trash truth, as his movement based on lies and personal homage takes an increasingly firm grip of the Republican Party.
“The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” Trump decreed in a statement Monday, literally reversing the facts about last November’s free and fair election that he lost.
And even if Trump doesn’t try to reclaim the White House in 2024, his pernicious influence will mean that the idea that the last election was stolen will remain a false article of faith for Republicans going forward.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who at first said Trump bore responsibility for the January 6 riot, quickly visited the former President at his Mar-a-Lago resort and is anchoring his effort to win back the House for Republicans next year on the former President and his movement.
The electoral impact of Trump’s dominance over his party will be tested next year as Republicans have a historically good chance of overhauling the thin Democratic majority in the House, since new Presidents often get a rebuke.
Since most mid-terms, especially House races, are heavily influenced by base turnout, the GOP may profit from Trump’s continuing ability to inspire the party’s most loyal voters.
Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who paid with his political career for being an early critic of Trump’s presidency, warned that his party was making a huge mistake by not shaping a more compelling appeal to a wider group of voters.