Harry Truman famously said, “You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.” Donald Trump doesn’t own a dog. When Trump leaves Washington he won’t be leaving any friends behind. He didn’t have any friends in Washington when he got there, and he doesn’t have any now.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that he believes that impeaching President Donald Trump will make it easier to get rid of the President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
Another person with direct knowledge told CNN there’s a reason McConnell has been silent on impeachment as other Republicans have pushed back: he’s furious about last week’s attack on the US Capitol by the President’s supporters, even more so that Trump has shown no contrition. His silence has been deliberate as he leaves open the option of supporting impeachment.
McConnell has made no commitments on voting to convict Trump, and wants to see the article itself before voting. It’s a stark contrast to the President’s first impeachment, when McConnell repeatedly spoke out against Democratic intentions to hold Trump accountable for a pressure campaign on the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden and his family.
McConnell has been steadily moving his conference away from Trump for weeks. While he knows they all aren’t there with him, the Kentucky Republican believes the party needs to turn the page.
Several GOP sources said on Tuesday that if McConnell supports conviction, Trump almost certainly will be convicted by 67 senators in the impeachment trial.
“If Mitch is a yes, he’s done,” said one Senate GOP source who asked not to be named.
Many Republican senators are staying quiet about whether they’ll back conviction — a sign that they, too, could support conviction in an effort to rid Trump from their party.
Classic cNN – polling the jury before charges are even filed. Notice that they don’t ask if the Senators think Trump is guilty, they just want to know if the Senators will vote to convict.
According to the news media, the fact that Trump got fewer votes than some Republicans he shared ballots with proves that the voters like the GOP more than Trump. Except the polling shows the opposite – Trump is way more popular than the GOP.
Something like 98% of Republicans support Trump. The 2% that hate Trump are all the GOP office holders and GOP establishment types. The people who control the party, aka the GOP establishment, are the same people the bulk of the party considers to be RINOs.
The issue is not whether the GOPe will rid the party of Trump, the issue is whether Trump will rid himself of the party. Ima gonna call my shot here:
Any Republican in the House or Senate who votes to impeach/convict Trump will not win reelection.