Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) said on Wednesday that Republicans he spoke with the previous night wept and told him they fear for their personal safety as they weigh whether to vote in favor of impeaching President Trump this week. Well, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, we can understand why they were afraid. Trump sounds more like a mob boss than a president. He always has, really.
“Shortly after becoming the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, President Trump summoned political advisers and demanded to know more about the 10 Republicans who had voted against him,” the WSJ reports.
“Mr. Trump, who had feared an even larger number of defections, wanted to know who the lawmakers were and whether he had ever done anything for them, according to people familiar with the meeting,” the report continues. “He also inquired who might run against them when they face re-election in two years, the people said.”
“The president has grown increasingly concerned with defections against him within his own party, aides say. Now, he must plot his defense in a second Senate trial that will hinge on his level of GOP support, with far fewer legal and political allies than the last time he was impeached,” the Journal writes.
“As Mr. Trump prepares to leave office next week, he is set to lose not only his presidency but also at least part of his grip on the party,” the report adds. “The 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him marked an unprecedented level of support for impeachment by a president’s own party, showing how deeply the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week has fractured the GOP.”
Trump wanted to know who the lawmakers were, whether he had ever done anything for them—and who might run against them. It sounds like Trump wants retaliation of some sort against the ten Republicans that were appalled after the outgoing president incited the deadly insurrection that stunned the world. But, thankfully, Trump is on his way out, and with that, he has less of a grip on the GOP. And the outgoing president has been deplatformed across the Internet, so there isn’t much he can do, really. Trump will be busy dealing with his massive financial problems, as well as potential investigations into his dubious activities.
You can read the full report here.