DIVIDED REPUBLICAN PARTY FACES POST-TRUMP RECKONING IN US

Written by on February 3, 2021

REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE GEARING UP TO DECIDE THE FATE OF TWO MEMBERS OF THE PARTY WHO HAVE DRAWN CRITICISM FOR DIFFERENT REASONS OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS.

ON WEDNESDAY, REPUBLICANS WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO STRIP REPRESENTATIVE LIZ CHENEY OF HER LEADERSHIP POSITION AFTER SHE VOTED TO IMPEACH FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP FOR HIS ROLE IN INCITING MOB VIOLENCE AT THE US CAPITOL LAST MONTH.

AT THE SAME TIME, THEY WILL WEIGH WHETHER TO PUNISH FRESHMAN REPRESENTATIVE MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE FOR HER SUPPORT OF QANON CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND THREATS MADE AGAINST DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATORS.

THE UPCOMING DECISIONS REFLECT AN EMERGING SPLIT IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND WILL ALSO SPEAK VOLUMES ABOUT WHETHER THE GOP – AS THE PARTY IS COMMONLY KNOWN – REMAINS LOYAL TO TRUMP OR RETURNS TO A MORE TRADITIONAL, ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANISM OF SMALLER GOVERNMENT AND LOWER TAXES.


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