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Larry Hogan, Maryland’s Republican governor and a potential presidential hopeful in 2024, sees a looming battle ahead for the Republican Party.
That battle will come as a result of Donald Trump’s acquittal Saturday in his second impeachment trial, after which the former president vowed to remain a leader in GOP politics.
Others, however, want the party to turn a page and leave Trump in the past.
“We’re only a month into the Biden administration, I think the final chapter of Donald Trump and where the Republican Party goes hasn’t been written yet and I think we’re going to have a real battle for the soul of the Republican Party over the next couple of years,” said Hogan.
Former Republican senator Jeff Flake of Arizona predicts electoral ruin for his former party if they continue to follow Trump, who stood accused of inciting the deadly January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.
“Well, we’ll just continue to lose seats. We’ll continue to be, frankly, a permanent minority if we continue,” Flake said. “So we have to [switch directions]. And we should want to as well. I mean, look at what has happened since the last election: The president lost the election, then used every lever at his disposal to hang on to the White House. We saw what resulted on January 6.”
Flake, and those like him, will have a real fight on their hands, however — as Trump just as strongly maintains staunch defenders in the GOP ranks, as well, such as Sen Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
“Yeah, Donald Trump is the most vibrant member of the Republican Party. The Trump movement is alive and well. People believe that he brought change to Washington. Policy-wise, it was long overdue,” he said. “All I can say is that the most potent force in the Republican Party is President Trump. We need Trump-plus and at the end of the day, I’ve been involved in politics for over 25 years, the president is a handful and what happened on January 6 was terrible for the country, but he’s not singularly to blame.”
“Democrats have sat on the sidelines and watched the country be burned down for a year and a half and hadn’t said a damn word and most Republicans are tired of the hypocrisy.”
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