Rachel Maddow says “Violent Rebellion” is now on the core of the Republican Occasion
Rachel Maddow discharged Donald Trump and the Republican Party after yesterday’s MAGA terrorist attack on the United States Capitol.
During her show on Thursday night, Maddow said it looks like Trump and many members of the Republican Party, including Insurgent Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), are considering yesterday’s events as political Contemplate victory.
“As far as I can tell, President Trump thinks yesterday is a victory,” said the MSNBC host. “His supporters sparked a violent armed uprising and attacked the US Capitol. Then they all went away to tell their war stories about it.”
Maddow said the DC attack apparently did not register as much with the Republican Party as many GOP members had returned to Congress and voted to discard the presidential election results.
“Yesterday was a victory for the violent uprising that is now at the head of the Republican Party,” said Maddow.
Rachel Maddow said it was clear that Donald Trump saw this week’s violent uprising as a victory for him and his supporters. #maddow pic.twitter.com/oD4uLgDvec
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As far as I can tell, President Trump thinks yesterday is a victory. His supporters sparked a violent armed uprising and attacked the US Capitol. Then they all just went away to tell their war stories about it and to brag about it. The president may have insulted some of the more normative members of his party, but he loves it. He’s not out there to win everyone over. He wants to destroy the norms of democratic governance so that they no longer exist, so that he can rule the country without them. The more he and his movement make enemies of those who still respect democratic norms, the cleaner the struggle is for him. After the riot and yesterday’s attack on the Capitol last night, eight Republican senators – eight! – still voted to defy the results of the presidential election and to foster this fantasy complaint that Joe Biden didn’t really win and that Trump somehow still has to be declared the winner. Eight Republican Senators and a large majority of Republicans in the House. Republicans in the House of Representatives voted almost two to one for the conspiracy theory and complaint, including Republicans Number One and Number Two in the House, Kevin McCarthy and Representative Scalise. Yesterday was a victory for the violent uprising that is now the head of the Republican Party.
Hard statements and hollow resignations are not enough
The day after yesterday’s attempted coup in Washington, an increasing number of Trump administration officials resigned and issued statements condemning the violence instigated by the president.
But tough statements and hollow resignations are not enough. If these outgoing cabinet officials had taken care of the country, they would have stayed and removed Trump from office via the 25th amendment.
If the GOP lawmakers, who are now trying to put some distance between themselves and Trump, really cared about the security of this democracy, they wouldn’t just vote to impeach and remove Trump from office – they would demand it.
But even after a presidential-encouraged attempted armed coup took place yesterday in Washington DC, the Republican Party by and large refuses to do what is necessary.
That’s because, as Rachel Maddow said Thursday night, too many Republicans – including Donald Trump – believe that violent insurrection is a political asset to them.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.