Impeachment vote reveals GOP torn over how to deal with Trump
Added 01-14-21 02:11:01am EST - “Perhaps the only way for the GOP to reject Trumpism is forcefully, as 10 House Republicans did in voting to impeach the president on Wednesday. But many Republican members of Congress are afraid to speak out against Trump because…” - News.yahoo.com
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A day after the assault on the Capitol last week, a shaken Republican member of Congress told Yahoo News that those in the party who want to rid the GOP of President Trump and his influence must wage an “insurgent” campaign to do so.
On Wednesday, the Republican leader in the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, took what might be steps toward that goal, even as some in his party are choosing to more directly confront Trump.
McCarthy, the House minority leader, opposed the impeachment vote, but he called for the House to censure Trump and rejected the alternative reality that many Trump supporters live in. McCarthy forcefully and clearly said that Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 election. He also rejected false conspiracy theories about antifa activists assaulting the Capitol and held Trump responsible for the violence.
“The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding,” McCarthy said.
Many critics will point out, rightly, that in the days after the 2020 election, McCarthy repeated the lie that Trump had won and for two months did nothing to tell Republican voters the truth. Even more outrageously, last week he voted to reject the election results just hours after the mob of Trump supporters assaulted the Capitol.
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