Donald Trump’s main goal? Kill off the Republican establishment.

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“If we didn’t have Arino, the Republican Party would completely dominate politics,” Trump said in a statement via his Save America PAC earlier this month. “The good news is that there are far fewer than four years ago – it’s a dying breed – but still, and unfortunately, they still exist!”

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“Mr. Trump has recently spoken with senators and aides about trying to remove Mr. McConnell and whether any Republicans are interested in pursuing a challenge, according to people familiar with the conversation. Among Senate Republicans There is little appetite for such a plan, lawmakers and aides said, but discussions risk deepening a gulf between the Republican Party’s most influential figure and its highest-ranking member in elected office.”

Trump has been vocal against McConnell for months.


“I’ve quietly said for years that Mitch McConnell is the highest-rated man in politics—I don’t need to be quiet anymore,” Trump said in a statement in early August.

A month earlier, Trump had this to say: “Under the weak leadership of Mitch McConnell, Senate Republicans continue to lose. They lost Arizona, they lost Georgia, they ignored electoral fraud and they don’t fight.”

Trump has also moved to oppose McConnell in Alaska, where the former president favored a Republican challenger to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Trump pushed former NFL star Herschelle Walker into the Georgia Senate race, despite personal concerns about the candidacy voiced by people close to the Senate leader.
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And while Trump McConnell has been, um, the biggest pain in the butt, he has also made it clear that he plans to go to war against other Republicans who dared to cross him.

Late last week, following the announcement of the retirement of Ohio Representative Anthony Gonzalez, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over his conduct during the January 6 riots at the US Capitol, Trump issued a celebratory statement.

“Rino Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, who has poorly represented his district in the great state of Ohio, has decided to leave after suffering a tremendous loss of popularity, of which he had little, because of his ill-informed And the otherwise very stupid impeachment vote was against. President of the United States, I,” Trump said. (That sentence is 50 words long. I counted.)

Earlier this month, Trump endorsed a Republican primary challenger to Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who, like Gonzalez, voted on January 6 to impeach the then-president over her role. Running against a warm and treacherous Republican, Liz Cheney,” Trump said.

Just like in support of Joe Kent, who is running against Rep. Jaime Herr Butler, who also voted to impeach Trump. “Joe Kent is a retired Green Beret and Gold Star husband running against RINO and incompetent Congressman Jaime Herrera Beutler in the Third District of Washington State,” Trump said.

Time and again in recent months, Trump saves his most stinging vitriol for members of his own party. Which is in line with the campaign he ran in 2016 in which he himself opposed the presidency of George W. Bush as much as he did for Barack Obama.

This tension continues even after Trump became president. In response to a speech by Bush on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, in which he equated the mindset of foreign and domestic terrorists, Trump hit out at Bush: He should not lecture us about anything. The World Trade Center came down under his watch.”

To the extent that Trump has any sort of grand strategy – and I have some doubts that he does – it points primarily to destroying the version of the Republican Party that was dominant before entering politics in 2015. Was. What is more remarkable? Most installation types seem to be perfectly fine with this.


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