Trump is erratic and capricious enough to do just about anything. Of course it would shatter the conservative movement in the US if the Republican Party split in two, but The Donald, as he does so often, might say, “So what, they’ve ticked me off.”
The establishment of a Trumpist Party would also shatter the American political duopoly.
He could be my hero . . .
GOP Civil War, Inspired by Trump, Grips Georgia, Threatens Other States
By Christina Zhao
A new video of Trump supporters threatening to drive Georgia Governor Brian Kemp from public life could send shivers down Republican spines in Michigan, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. On Saturday, loyal supporters of President Donald Trump in the state threatened to dismantle the Republican Party and boycott the Georgia runoff elections that will determine control of the Senate.
In a video shared to Twitter, a protester speaking into a microphone called Kemp and Utah Senator Mitt Romney “traitors,” and promised to run the two Republicans out of office for allegedly being “complicit” in Trump’s failed efforts at reelection. “For any Republicans not explicitly helping Trump to ‘stop the steal,’ we will make sure you are never elected ever again,” the protester said.
The protesters gathered after Georgia election officials certified the result that President-elect Joe Biden had won following a recount. Their message to the GOP was unambiguous: declare Trump the winner or “we will finish you.” Meanwhile, other Republicans on Parler, a “free-speech” social media platform, invoked a conspiracy theory about “rigged” voting to call for a boycott of the Georgia Senate runoffs.
Trump’s aggressive attacks on GOP officials for refusing to back his unverified election fraud claims inspired their rhetoric. Stoked by the president’s claims about the vote, the infighting in Georgia has plunged the GOP into a civil war with just weeks left until the runoffs.
Opponents of Trump’s unverified stolen election narrative view Raffensperger as a hero for upholding election integrity. But the president’s supporters have framed the official as someone who has facilitated the alleged rigging of the election and Biden’s victory. Georgia Republican lawmakers have fallen on both sides of the narrative.
Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, the two GOP incumbents in the battle for the Senate, championed calls for Raffensperger’s resignation in an apparent move to win favor with the president and his base. But Georgia’s lieutenant governor, Geoff Duncan, appeared on television to state that there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Raffensperger said the senators “folded like a cheap suit,” pushed back against team Trump’s alleged conspiracy theories, and claimed that the president caused his own loss by discouraging supporters from mail-in voting.
With the GOP Senate majority hanging in the balance, the rift within the party over Trump’s prospects of a second term risks spreading to Michigan and Pennsylvania, two states set to certify their election results in the coming weeks. Cracks within the Republican Party are also starting to appear over articles of impeachment against Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. On Thursday, three GOP representatives — Beau LaFave, Matt Maddock and Daire Rendon — introduced the articles, claiming Whitmer violated the state’s Constitution and exceeded her authority with her COVID-19 executive orders. A day earlier, Chatfield had dismissed calls from within his party to remove Whitmer from office.
Meanwhile, high-profile Republicans in Congress have largely avoided provoking Trump’s base by staying silent on the widespread voter fraud claims, but the depths of infighting in Michigan, Pennsylvania and other states could become clearer in time.