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Until yesterday, all Republicans were perfectly happy to hide behind Trump. Of course, they feared him and were scared of the spell he has on the Republican voters; they made sure not to cross him.

As long as the Trump presidency allowed them to deliver their agenda (SCOTUS, tax cuts, immigration,...), they didn't care. Trump was their biggest asset.

But it has changed: in the past two years under Trump, the GOP has lost the House, then the White House and now the Senate, thanks in no small part to Trump undermining the Georgia runoffs since he lost re-election.

An on top of that, Trump all but encouraged his supporters to storm the Capitol: maybe he thought they would bully McConnell & Pence to certify him as the winner instead of Biden; at a minimum, to tar Biden's election with the brush of illegitimacy, so that he could prepare his return in 2024, while still milking the suckers his supporters for as much money as he can.

This is where he was hoist by his own petard: the whole thing went way further than he thought (not that he may have thought about it in advance - he's not a planning ahead guy).

The Capt. Renault Repubs were shocked, shocked! to discover that the mob was after them as much as after their Democratic colleagues. Trump allies were crapping their pants while they had to be exfiltrated in emergency and I'm fairly sure that neither McConnell nor Pence (who might have lifted one eyebrow) liked it one bit. The Repugs have now realized that Trump shifted is now a liability.

They'll now try to ditch him, but the reckoning is coming a day late and a dollar short: they supported Trump, they protected him from impeachment - they own him and his legacy.

Republican Party faces defining moment under Trump's shadow - AP
The day Trump broke the GOP - Politico
`He screwed the country': Trump loyalty disintegrates - Politico

by Bernard on Thu Jan 7th, 2021 at 07:53:54 PM EST
Continuing the "Trump now a liability to the Republicans", the WSJ op-ed page calls Trump's action "impeachable" and suggests he should resign:

Donald Trump's Final Days - WSJ

This was an assault on the constitutional process of transferring power after an election. It was also an assault on the legislature from an executive sworn to uphold the laws of the United States. This goes beyond merely refusing to concede defeat. In our view it crosses a constitutional line that Mr. Trump hasn't previously crossed. It is impeachable.
If Mr. Trump wants to avoid a second impeachment, his best path would be to take personal responsibility and resign. This would be the cleanest solution since it would immediately turn presidential duties over to Mr. Pence. And it would give Mr. Trump agency, a la Richard Nixon, over his own fate.

Adding to several news outlets like USA Today, the WaPo and the Miami Herald.

Trump has finally realized he is now in danger and is scrambling to clean up the mess he has created.

by Bernard on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 10:58:58 AM EST
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A Republican Senator will never vote to impeach for the same reason as last time: it would end their political career

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 05:54:29 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 06:17:26 PM EST
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A.  He needs to divorce Melanoma, marry Michelle, and RULE THE US LIKE A CROWNED PRINCE!!!



B.  The majority of Americans are fucking morons.

I'll go with B

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 06:53:43 PM EST
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Oprah Winfrey placed fourth, while Queen Elizabeth II tied with Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in fifth place
There's still hope....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 07:04:33 PM EST
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Booker T blasts DeVos, Chao for resigning without invoking 25th Amendment
The third-ranking House Democrat also suggested the president is unlikely to be removed from office by impeachment with less than two weeks before his term expires.

"No, I do not believe 13 or 14 days are enough to run that. But it's sure enough for the vice president and the Cabinet members," Clyburn said, before invoking DeVos and Chao.

Where's muh vaccine?
"For two Cabinet members to resign, that says to me they are running away from their responsibility. If they feel that strongly, they would stay there and wait on this meeting so they can cast two of the votes that are necessary to invoke the 25th Amendment," he said. "They are running away."
by Cat on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 06:14:58 PM EST
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I find it hilarious Republicans prattle on about the Constitution and then run like scared jackrabbits at the first sign of a threat to the Constitution.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 06:55:42 PM EST
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My dude < checks watch > they've simply delivered customary 2-week notice. It's the "temple" priests who are having a bit of difficulty explaining OPM mysteries DURING A PANDEMIC to most ignorant, litigious nation on planet...

while IT recovers a copy of the CASH Act from Miss Nancy's cloud account?

by Cat on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 09:01:40 PM EST
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