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Trump takes aim at senior Republicans in petty public statement

Trump takes aim at senior Republicans in petty public statement

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At least for the foreseeable future, we are stuck with Donald Trump as part of our political landscape. Thankfully for the United States and the world at large, he no longer holds the reins of power to the most powerful country in the history of the world, but he still reigns over the remains of what was once the Republican Party.

From his fetid golden throne at Mar-a-Lago, Trump—despite being deprived of his social media accounts—directs the MAGA movement. Republican politicians who want the support of his base know they must bow and scrape before him and any one of them seeking the 2024 nomination for their party will need to secure his blessing.

Last night, Trump released a statement attacking two key Republicans: Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Rep. Liz Cheney (WI), both of whom have criticized Trump the past. Murkowski called for his resignation after he incited the deadly Capitol insurrection, Cheney has repeatedly attacked him and has said she would not vote for him if he ran again.

“Great news for the Republican Party!” began the disgraced ex-president’s statement. “Senator Lisa Murkowski said she is ‘still weighing whether she will run again’ for the Senate in Alaska. In other words, there is a chance that she won’t run! Wouldn’t that be great?”

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Trump went on to say that “so many people” are considering running against “Crazy Liz Cheney.” He insisted that the only way she can win is if many candidates run and split the vote, giving her a plurality. How exactly she’s “crazy” he failed to explain, but there is nothing insane about condemning Donald Trump. Cheney is a reactionary monster when it comes to policy and the world would be better off without her in government (that goes for every Republican in elected office) but her criticisms of the former president are well-founded and principled.  He ended the statement that he would unfurl an official endorsement soon.

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It’s clear that this statement is nothing more than Trump once again pursuing a personal vendetta against those who have spoken out against them. The man has no real vision for his party behind using it to enrich and aggrandize himself, so his disagreements with these two aren’t substantive. At the same time, the Republican Party deserves to be torn apart like this for lifting up Trump and making him president. They let the snake into their house, they deserve to get bitten.

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