It’s time for Republicans to leave the Trump cult behind

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On Tuesday – a week after Election Day, when Republicans failed to live up to high expectations – former president and perpetual big liar Donald Trump is expected to make a “major” announcement. The 2022 election won’t be over yet – Congressional control will still be undecided as votes will continue to be counted, ahem, legally – but Trump could officially head into the 2024 presidential election. And the question urgent will focus on the state of conspiratorial, authoritarian and anti-democratic conservatism in America. More than 100 Republican lawmakers who voted against certifying Joe Biden as president in January 2021 still remains in Congress, and Trump mocks those who blame him for the GOP’s disappointing performance on Tuesday. But his schtick is bad for America and the GOP.

It was just Monday, remember, when almost all pundits assumed the House was about to be firmly controlled by Republicans and most expected the Senate to change hands as well. This was not only seen as likely because of the long-established historical pattern that a newly elected president’s party is wiped out in the ensuing midterm elections – and because of the concern of the public in the face of the worst inflation in 40 years. In CNN last pre-election ballot, only 9% of likely voters, including 15% Democrats, said “suffrage and election integrity” were their top issue. This seemed to be reflected in the fact that from Arizona to Michigan to Georgia to Pennsylvania to New Hampshire, frivolous and unimpressive candidates raised almost solely by their support of Trump were seen as having a good chance of winning. .

They did not do it. House Republicans may emerge as a majority when the ballot count is complete, but only by a narrow margin. And if Senator Catherine Cortez Masto wins in Nevada, the Senate will remain under Democratic control no matter what happens in the Dec. 6 runoff in Georgia. The “precriminations” among some pre-election anxious Democrats – that they weren’t focusing enough on inflation and crime – gave way to real recriminations mainstream Republicans that their party’s association with Trump has condemned him to minority status.

For the good of the nation, let’s hope enough Republicans realize that it’s healthier to be a party of ideas than to carry the personality cult of a politician. American divisions will persist when Trump leaves the scene, but a healing could begin. Trump is not the life of his party. It is its death.

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