Why should conservatives support Trump's impeachment?
Impeachment: Anti-Trump Republicans discuss founding a new party
Washington. The impeachment of ex-US President Donald Trump may not bring condemnation. But the wedge between those Republicans who defend Trump and those who turn away in disgust is widening.
After conservatives campaigned for the Democratic candidate Joe Biden under the name "The Lincoln Project" during the Trump presidency, the establishment of a separate party is now being discussed. These party rebels are not just people who were part of the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have worked, but also select individuals who have served under Trump.
The Reuters news agency reported that the former high-ranking Republicans are jointly considering forming a center-right party. More than 120 of those Conservatives made a Zoom call last Friday. Their vision: "Conservatism built on principles" - this includes, for example, the recognition of the constitution and the rule of law as such. Because, according to the Conservatives, it was precisely these ideas that were almost destroyed by Trump.
The party rebels now want to put up their own candidates in some elections, but also want to support center-right candidates from other parties - be they Republicans, independents or even Democrats.
According to Reuters, the talks included, among other things, Trump's repeated and incorrectly refuted claim that there had been election fraud, as well as the storming of the Capitol on January 6th. At the time, supporters of Trump tried to prevent the certification of Joe Biden's election victory by forcibly entering parliament.
Those who attended the Zoom interview were particularly dismayed by the fact that more than half of the Republicans in Congress tried again to block Biden's election victory just hours after the Capitol event. Specifically, eight senators and 139 Republican MPs voted to prevent the traditional certification this time.
The impeachment of Donald Trump, which is being discussed in the Senate this week, will also fail due to party reasoning. Most Republican senators have already indicated that they will not vote for a conviction.
Conservative Evan McMullin, who participated in the Zoom interview, told Reuters: "Large parts of the Republican Party are becoming increasingly radicalized and threatening American democracy. The party must return to the truth, reason and founding ideals" - if not, it needs to it's just a new party.
A Trump spokesman said the party rebels were "loser types who left the Republican Party when they voted for Biden".
Meanwhile, the impeachment prosecutors used their second day in the Senate to display disturbing video footage and document a meticulous retelling of the attack on the US Capitol.
The prosecutors repeatedly pointed out how close the attackers were to MPs, Senators and Vice President Mike Pence. For example, video footage showed Senator Mitt Romney turning back just in time after a police officer warned him and fleeing the intruders. (Wak)
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