The absurd notion among some of the more credulous pundits that the Republican Party would return to “normal” after the defeat of Donald Trump has almost immediately been proven false — and now we’ve got the data to prove it. The Washington Post embarked on a survey of every single Republican member of Congress, asking them if they believed Joe Biden was the president-elect of the United States.
Only twenty-five of the two hundred and forty-nine lawmakers would say yes.
The rest of them sided with the delusional president, too fearful of accusations of disloyalty and the prospect of a primary challenge from some fanatical MAGA zealot to give reality its due.
Those fears were manifested almost immediately, as Donald Trump took to Twitter and demanded that someone send him a list of the twenty-five GOP legislators with a spine, who he derided as “RINOS” (Republicans In Name Only) while bragging that he wouldn’t read the article because he doesn’t like the “Fake News Washington Post.”
25, wow! I am surprised there are so many. We have just begun to fight. Please send me a list of the 25 RINOS. I read the Fake News Washington Post as little as possible! https://t.co/cEBM0bYuQ9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2020
Of course, as Rep. Swalwell was quick to point out, Trump wouldn’t have had to have someone send him a list, since their names are all in the article.
Do you want to read the story before retweeting? The names are literally in the story. https://t.co/K0hmXD9Bx8
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) December 5, 2020
The soon to be ex-president’s tweet is a sharp reminder that even though Trump may be leaving the White House, the GOP and by extension America at large will be stuck with him as long as his black, gravy-clogged heart somehow still manages to push blood through his astonishingly unhealthy body. Trump’s racism, paranoia, and delusions are now permanently embedded in today’s Republican DNA, and the sad truth is we’re looking at a political future that will be just as macabre and bizarre as it has ever been under the Trump White House — though thankfully, he will no longer be watching TV at the wheel.