“Whether a former President ought to be subject to an impeachment trial is a matter of constitutional debate. Whether it’s prudent, if acquittal appears likely, is a related question. But wherever you come down on those issues, the House impeachment managers this week are laying out a visceral case that the Capitol riot of Jan. 6 was a disgrace for which President Trump bears responsibility
Long before November, Mr. Trump was saying that the only way he could lose the election was if it were rigged. On the night of the vote, he tweeted, “they are trying to STEAL the election.” In his speech that night, he called it “a fraud on the American public,” and said, “frankly we did win.” Is it a surprise that some of his fans took his words to heart?
Instead of bowing to dozens of court defeats, Mr. Trump escalated. He falsely claimed that Vice President Mike Pence, if only he had the courage, could reject electoral votes and stop Democrats from hijacking democracy. He called his supporters to attend a rally on Jan. 6, when Congress would do the counting. “Be there, will be wild!” Mr. Trump tweeted. His speech that day was timed to coincide with the action in the Capitol, and then he directed the crowd down Pennsylvania Avenue.”
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PART, THEY POINT OUT THAT EVEN IF YOU ‘BUY’ HIS DEFENSE (ie that he is just a buffoon who didn’t know what he was doing lol), THAT DEFENSE ITSELF MELTS AWAY BECAUSE HE DID NOTHING AFTER IT ALL STARTED DESPITE MULTIPLE GOP LEADERS BEGGING FOR HIS HELP
“Mr. Trump’s defenders point out that he also told the audience to make their voices heard “peacefully.” And contra Rep. Eric Swalwell, who argued the incitement to attack the Capitol was “premeditated,” it’s difficult to think Mr. Trump ever envisioned what followed: that instead of merely making a boisterous display, the crowd would riot, assault the police, invade the building, send lawmakers fleeing with gas masks, trash legislative offices, and leave in its wake a dead Capitol office”
But talk about playing with fire. Mr. Trump told an apocalyptic fable in which American democracy might end on Jan. 6, and some people who believed him acted like it. Once the riot began, Mr. Trump took hours to say anything, a delay his defenders have not satisfactorily explained. Even then he equivocated. Imagine, Rep. Joe Neguse said, if Mr. Trump “had simply gone onto TV, just logged on to Twitter and said ‘Stop the Attack,’ if he had done so with even half as much force as he said ‘Stop the Steal.’”
If this new party really comes to fruition maybe the MAGA folks will still stick with the Trump gang, the Wall Street Journal crowd (ie. the rich donors) won’t be sticking around with that mess. If you want to see the future of the Republican Party, just follow the money.
Eventually, the two sides are going to have to kiss and make up, but that won’t happen until Trump is out of the picture.
The GOP Establishment (eg McConnell) just want to get to the midterms in Trump’s good graces. They probably think that Trump will not make it to 2024, for a number of reasons (eg criminal actions, polling, no twitter, age, riots)
If this guess is right the party will not split, but their may be a faction of Center Rights like Romney etc