GOP Chooses Trump And QAnon - Trump Is Gone But The Party Is Still His

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Only a week after Trump left the White House, it's clear that his party is not ready to let him go

While pundits ponder the GOP's future -- and traditionalists hope to change course out of the wreckage left by Trump's insurrection -- Washington's power players and state activists have already made their choice.
Highlighting the former President's lightning fast rehabilitation, the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will visit Trump in Florida on Thursday after repudiating his own criticism of the incitement of the US Capitol riot.

Extremists and Trumpists are on the rise, while lawmakers who condemned his aberrant conduct fight for their political careers. The anti-Trump wing -- represented by members of Congress such as Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Mitt Romney of Utah and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger -- look like a small and outmaneuvered force.

Across the country, Republican leaders are reacting to Trump's exit by intensifying the political revolution that transformed the party in his image, censuring and marginalizing those deemed disloyal to a defeated and twice-impeached ex-President. In a key impeachment test vote this week, 45 GOP senators signaled that they plan for Trump to pay no price for inciting the most heinous assault by a president on the US government in history in the Capitol riot.

In another sign of the GOP's future course, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was not censured by her party after CNN's KFile reported that she expressed supporting in recent years assassinations of Democratic leaders before she ran for Congress. The QAnon adherent's rocketing rise as a prominent face of a party in the thrall of lies and outlandish propaganda does not seem in danger. In fact, Greene, was rewarded with a plum committee assignment.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/28/politics/donald-trump-republican-party/index.html
 

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CNN with another Trump story. They know what their audience wants.
 

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CNN with another Trump story. They know what their audience wants.
Seems to be true based on their actions. They should probably just rename the party to Trump. He would love that....
 

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If you're smart you find a wife who has a better job than you, marry up.
Not True Republicans. Women don't belong in the clergy, and they don't belong in the workplace.

Them's men's work.
 

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I can't see the future, but can the party survive with these divisions: Trumpers and more traditional conservatives? Does it split apart? Does it go all Trump and force out the sane conservatives?
 

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I'm wondering if this is more about QAnon than it is about Trump.

I know there is a tenuous connection between the two, but I think the cranks, kooks, gun fetishists, conspiracy theorists, etc. are beginning to take over as the true power brokers in the GOP — at least in Congress. And it looks like they can carry on with their insanity, with or without Trump.

There seems to be a really interesting dynamic going on post-Trump, especially in the House. McCarthy and Cheney appear to be outnumbered and outgunned (pun intended) by the coo-coo for CocoaPuffs QAnon wing.

Someone pointed out that Rep. Steve King was slapped down pretty hard by the party bigwigs in the GOP just one year ago, for making sympathetic noises regarding white nationalists; they condemned his conduct and withdrew his campaign funding. He consequently lost his primary race for re-election, and is out.

Now, however, it looks as though McCarthy and friends have been cowed by the whackos in the GOP's conspiracy wing — people like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert.
 

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I can't see the future, but can the party survive with these divisions: Trumpers and more traditional conservatives? Does it split apart? Does it go all Trump and force out the sane conservatives?
You saw the split in the vote on dismissing impeachment. 90% Trumpism, 10% other. The 10% should leave and join the Dems for now. They can't do anything alone.
 

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You saw the split in the vote on dismissing impeachment. 90% Trumpism, 10% other. The 10% should leave and join the Dems for now. They can't do anything alone.
This is rich. The party who spans all the way from moderates like Joe Manchin and Jon Tester all the way to "the Squad" claims to be united and unified, attempting to paint the right as massively split. You honestly couldn't make this up, for reals.
 

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This is rich. The party who spans all the way from moderates like Joe Manchin and Jon Tester all the way to "the Squad" claims to be united and unified, attempting to paint the right as massively split. You honestly couldn't make this up, for reals.
Haha, yes! 3 1/2 years where the whole Loony Left bought into the Russiagate Farce.
But Qanon is worse? You really can't make it up.
 

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Haha, yes! 3 1/2 years where the whole Loony Left bought into the Russiagate Farce.
But Qanon is worse? You really can't make it up.
Qanon is about liberal elites killing children and drinking their "adrenochrome." Russiagate was about Russia interfering with our election to help get Trump elected. Which sounds more likely to you?
 

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Qanon is about liberal elites killing children and drinking their "adrenochrome." Russiagate was about Russia interfering with our election to help get Trump elected. Which sounds more likely to you?
About equally unlikely. The difference is that about 90% of you Loony Lefties bought into the Russian hoax and Qanon is under 5% of the right. Get it yet?
 

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This is rich. The party who spans all the way from moderates like Joe Manchin and Jon Tester all the way to "the Squad" claims to be united and unified, attempting to paint the right as massively split. You honestly couldn't make this up, for reals.
Who's claiming that and in what regard? Liar. Joe Manchin has already thrown cold water on 90% of what Biden wants to do, much less anything "the Squad" would propose.

The Dems can agree and are united in that they prefer democracy to a Trumpian Dictatorship, which is where the GOP fracture is.
 

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Haha, yes! 3 1/2 years where the whole Loony Left bought into the Russiagate Farce.
But Qanon is worse? You really can't make it up.
Russia did interfere in our election and dozens of them were indicted for doing so. They also had multiple contacts with the Trump campaign that are not in dispute.

Qanon claims that the leaders of almost every powerful nation on earth is involved in a secret ring of pedophilia and child murder and only Don Trump could stop them. The GOP now has multiple members of Congress who are QAnon'ers and a huge % of the GOP who will not denounce it or it's followers.

The fact that you view these as "the same" is a you problem.
 

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GOP has growing Marjorie Taylor Greene problem

First-term Rep. Marjorie Greene (R-Ga.) is increasingly becoming a liability for her GOP colleagues because of a string of controversies that have thrown the conference off message and led to repudiations by Republican leaders.

Greene, a Trump loyalist and a believer of the QAnon conspiracy theory, filed impeachment articles against President Biden on his first full day in office.

She has supported Facebook posts that called for executing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and FBI agents, and in a video that resurfaced this week is seen taunting gun control activist David Hogg a year after he survived the 2018 mass school shooting at his high school

A spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy(R-Calif.) had no comment for this story but pointed to earlier remarks where the GOP leader said he would speak to Greene about her support of posts advocating violence against Pelosi and others.

“These comments are deeply disturbing and Leader McCarthy plans to have a conversation with the Congresswoman about them,” the spokesman said.


 

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This is rich. The party who spans all the way from moderates like Joe Manchin and Jon Tester all the way to "the Squad" claims to be united and unified, attempting to paint the right as massively split. You honestly couldn't make this up, for reals.
When a sitting Dem Representative holds a rally in the home state of another Dem Representative to urge the constituents to get rid of her, just let me know
 

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When a sitting Dem Representative holds a rally in the home state of another Dem Representative to urge the constituents to get rid of her, just let me know
The right isn't split. PD joyfully marches shoulder to shoulder with the proud boys, the white supremacists, and the qanoners. Their love and adoration of King Trump keeps them all going.
 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene penned conspiracy theory that a laser beam from space started deadly 2018 California wildfire

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has done little to stop Greene’s ascension in the Republican Party

In November 2018, California was hit with the worst wildfire in the state’s history. At the time, future Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wrote a bizarre Facebook post that echoed QAnon conspiracy theorists and falsely claimed that the real and hidden culprit behind the disaster was a laser from space triggered by some nefarious group of people.

Greene’s post, which hasn’t previously been reported, is just the latest example to be unearthed of her embracing conspiracy theories about tragedies during her time as a right-wing commentator. In addition to being a QAnon supporter, Greene has pushed conspiracy theories about 9/11, the Parkland and Sandy Hook school shootings, the Las Vegas shooting, and the murder of Democratic staffer Seth Rich, among others.

 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene penned conspiracy theory that a laser beam from space started deadly 2018 California wildfire

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has done little to stop Greene’s ascension in the Republican Party

In November 2018, California was hit with the worst wildfire in the state’s history. At the time, future Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wrote a bizarre Facebook post that echoed QAnon conspiracy theorists and falsely claimed that the real and hidden culprit behind the disaster was a laser from space triggered by some nefarious group of people.

Greene’s post, which hasn’t previously been reported, is just the latest example to be unearthed of her embracing conspiracy theories about tragedies during her time as a right-wing commentator. In addition to being a QAnon supporter, Greene has pushed conspiracy theories about 9/11, the Parkland and Sandy Hook school shootings, the Las Vegas shooting, and the murder of Democratic staffer Seth Rich, among others.

How humiliating supporting a party with this woman as their rising star....
 

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This is rich. The party who spans all the way from moderates like Joe Manchin and Jon Tester all the way to "the Squad" claims to be united and unified, attempting to paint the right as massively split. You honestly couldn't make this up, for reals.
 

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Make no mistake, Republicans are going to have to decide: are they QAnon believers, or are they not? Do they believe the election was "stolen", or not? Do they think the Clintons ran a pedophile sex ring out of a pizza parlor, or not? Were the rioters who attacked Congress "patriots", or insurrectionists?

There's no squishy middle ground anymore. The Republicans can't hide behind "botherism" on this one.
 

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Republican Ties to Extremist Groups Are Under Scrutiny
A number of members of Congress have links to organizations and movements that played a role in the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

An examination of many of the most prominent elected Republicans with links to right-wing groups also shows how various strands of extremism came together at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

 
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