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The Republican Party struggled to ‘escape’ Trump

The Republican Party struggled to 'escape' Trump 3
The Republican Party struggled to 'escape' Trump 3

The US Senate on February 13 acquitted former President Trump of the charge of inciting the riot at Capitol Hill early last month, with a result of 57 votes in favor, 43 votes against, while 67 votes were needed to conclude.

Although the number of Republican senators defending Trump this time is fewer than in the first impeachment trial in February 2020, there are still only 7 who side with the Democrats, including Mitt Romney, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy

Turning their backs on Trump left them facing backlash from their own party members.

Former US President Donald Trump (left) and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell during a campaign in Lexington, Kentucky, in November 2019.

According to CNN commentator Eric Bradner, the results of Trump’s second impeachment trial have exposed the deepening rift in the Republican Party over the choice of continuing to support the former president, or finding a way to overcome it.

Despite voting against conviction, some Republican senators, including Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, still criticized Trump’s actions.

In an interview with Politico on February 13, McConnell signaled a more drastic response, revealing his intention to intervene in the primary round of the 2022 midterm congressional elections, to ensure the Republican side

McConnell’s resolve could be tested in key races in Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and other battleground states, helping to determine which party will control the Senate after the 2022 midterms. Viewpoint

The fact that North Carolina senator Richard Burr, who announced he would not run for re-election, was reprimanded by the Republican party in this state for voting to convict Trump is considered a great opportunity for the former president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump.

`The biggest winner in the entire impeachment trial is Lara Trump. Richard Burr, my long-time favorite friend, just made Lara Trump almost certain to become the candidate for North Carolina senator to replace her.`

Even those close to McConnell don’t seem interested in completely escaping Trump’s `shadow`.

In key battleground states, Republicans largely argue that a unanimous turn against Trump, as well as all the values he stands for, will drive voters away from the party.

Jason Shepherd, chairman of the Republican Party in Cobb County and a candidate for the chairmanship of this party in Georgia, assessed that Trump’s influence will shape the Republican Party for a generation, similar to Ronald Reagan before him.

`I think when a large number of Republicans call for a pardon for Trump, what they mean is mainly about the president’s character, rather than his policies. In my opinion, a lot of Republicans, and clearly

However, some others believe that the Republican Party will lose in state and national races if it remains affiliated with a controversial former president.

Troye believes that Republicans need to completely cut ties with Trump, instead of trying to moderate the former president’s excesses and refusing to take action to marginalize him.

However, experts say that a decisive move with Trump is almost impossible in the current political situation.

Commentator Bradner assesses that it is too early to comment on voters’ voting trends for Republican candidates, based on their views on Trump, in next year’s midterm elections.

`But no matter what, the results of next year’s election will still send a signal about whether the Republican Party is ready to turn a new page or not,` said Republican strategist Liam Donovan.

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