As Republicans continue to defend the president in the face of overwhelming evidence of his malfeasance, they have become complicit in his crimes.
Documents and witnesses have proven over and over again that Trump really did try to coerce the president of Ukraine to damage the reputation of Joe Biden, Trump’s most likely opponent in 2020. And the evidence of his obstruction of Congress is blatant: his defiant refusal to honor subpoenas for documents and witnesses. Now Republican senators favor holding a brief hearing to exonerate Trump without calling a single witness.
If Trump is innocent of the charges, hearing from witnesses would prove him to be guiltless. Refusing to call witnesses is tacit admission of his guilt. How can the people of the U.S. tolerate such behavior?
On 17 December, an op-ed appeared in the New York Times written by George T. Conway III, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, and Rick Wilson, all of whom have worked for and supported Republican campaigns. It’s title: “We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated.” Then Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski publicly expressed doubts about the validity of the way that Mitch McConnell intended to collude with the White House in the conduct of senate hearings.
Is this the beginning of a Republican revolt against Trump?
My guess is that, with or without the revolt, the Republicans might lose at historical levels in the 2020 elections. If so, then maybe they’ll reform themselves. If not, they may cease to exist as a party in future elections.
The Republican party all my life has been called the “Grand Old Party,” GOP for short. As I am writing this blog post, the Republicans have damned themselves. They no longer deserve to call themselves the GOP.