Two links from The Times this afternoon illustrate how quickly Trump is falling into political ignominy and shame. First, Republicans in the House began inching away:
House Republican leaders have decided not to formally lobby
members of the party against voting to impeach President Trump,
making a tacit break with him as they scrambled to gauge support
within their ranks for a vote on Wednesday to charge him with
inciting violence against the country. While Representative Kevin
McCarthy of California, the minority leader, has said that he will
“personally” oppose impeachment and sought to steer Republicans in
a different direction, his decision not to officially lean on
lawmakers to vote against the move constituted a subtle shift away
from the president.
Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican
who was considering backing the impeachment charge against Mr.
Trump, privately told colleagues on a call Monday the matter was a
“vote of conscience.” Ms. Cheney, the scion of a storied
Republican family, was also privately counseling fellow
Republicans on how to navigate a vote that could shape their
Second, Mitch McConnell, who leads Republicans in the Senate, (and who is a measure twice, cut once sort of fellow):
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has told
associates he believes President Trump committed impeachable
offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to
impeach him, believing that it will make it easier to purge him
from the party, according to people familiar with his thinking.
The House is voting Wednesday to formally charge Mr. Trump with
inciting violence against the country.
And, just a few hours after trying out the “I’m not for impeachment but it’s OK if other Republicans are” line, McCarthy moves even further:
At the same time, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the minority
leader and one of Mr. Trump’s most steadfast allies in Congress,
has asked other Republicans whether he ought to call on Mr. Trump
to resign in the aftermath of last week’s riot at the Capitol,
according to three Republican officials briefed on the
Political bankruptcy, just like the financial sort, happens two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.
★ Tuesday, 12 January 2021