A house divided


The Republican Party is a house divided between conservatives loyal to the Constitution and democratic principles and reactionaries complicit in Donald Trump’s pursuit of autocratic power. Trump continues to claim that he won the presidential election by a landslide. He calls his electoral defeat a fraud despite 60 unsuccessful lawsuits, a number of which were found to be meritless by judges that he appointed. His claims of a stolen election led his supporters to storm the Capitol in an effort to prevent certification of the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Right wing conspiracy theorists argue that Democrats organized the insurgency and had BLM and Antifa breach barricades smash windows, break through doors, and storm the Capitol in order to prevent certification of an election that Democrats won. The claim is absurd but, to quote Voltaire, “Those who can make you to believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Atrocities were committed by Trump supporters when they trashed the Capitol. They did so because they believed the lies that were told to them by Trump and repeated by other reactionary Republicans in the House and Senate. Ten conservative Republican House members voted for impeachment. Whether other Republicans will reject the [arty’s reactionary wing remains to be seen. The next test will come when the Senate takes up Trump’s impeachment .

Nino E Green



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