Opinion: The most alarming Trump rally yet

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At Events After Trump’s Last Presidency, You Won’t Find Heads of State GOP Officials participate a lot. Indeed, at a rally in Georgia last month, Trump lashed out at the state’s Republican leaders for refusing to help them illegally overturn the 2020 election. Trump even told the crowd that he would prefer potential Democratic challenger Stacy Abrams as governor over his fellow Republican who is currently in office, Georgia Gov.

Saturday’s rally in Iowa was different, however. It was attended by longtime Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Iowa Reps Marinette Miller-Meeks and Ashley Hinson, and other mainstream Republican officials. Some of the same people who had criticized Trump for his role in the Capitol riots just nine months ago were only happy to see him now backing him. This is the worst politics and the most dangerous for our democracy.

The most hypocritical of the bunch is Sen Grassley, which is on January 6th. was escorted By his security detail in a safe place to protect him from the pro-Trump crowd that had siege the Capitol. Grassley, who voted to certify the 2020 election, made an indirect reference to Trump in your statement, noting that the lawsuits filed after the election had failed and that “politicians in Washington should not presuppose the courts once they have ruled.”
In February, however, following Trump’s impeachment trial for allegedly inciting the January 6 uprising (charges that Trump has denied), Grassley was even more direct with his criticism. He said in a statement That “President Trump argued that the election had been plagiarized, even though the courts did not support his claims,” ​​and “humiliated and harassed elected officials across the country to get their way.” Grassley said Trump “encouraged his own, loyal vice president, Mike Pence, to take extraordinary and unconstitutional action during the Electoral College countdown.”
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Grassley bluntly continued: “There is no doubt in my mind that President Trump’s language was extreme, offensive, and irresponsible,” sharing his view that everyone involved in the attack – including Trump – “had his own words that day. Responsibility for destructive actions must be taken.”

Flash forward to Saturday, and Grassley was in the form of beaming Trump offered “Full and full support for re-election” for the 88-year-old senator. Grassy reacted“If I didn’t accept the support of someone who got 91 percent of Republican voters in Iowa, I wouldn’t be smart enough.”
For Grassley, it was “smart” to acknowledge the support of the man who told Saturday’s rally about the same lie that led to the January 6 violence that caused Grassley to hide in fear. Trump’s Litany of Dangerous Elections Is Rooted in His Iowa Rally Irresponsible Claim He Won Wisconsin “Many” in 2020 to lie that recently released Arizona audit results support his false claim that he did indeed conquer that state. He also declared that, “First of all, [Biden] Not elected, right?” The crowd responded to Trump’s buffet of lies, saying, “Trump won! Trump won!”
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But Grassley was not alone in his duality. GOP representative Ashley Hinson also attended the rally. who issued a statement Of the Capitol attack on January 13, he said, “I believe the President takes responsibility, and so I urged him personally to call back those who violently stormed the Capitol last week. ” “I wish he had spoken sooner, but he didn’t,” Hinson said.
Still, his view of Trump’s role in the January 6 act of domestic terrorism, as the FBI classifies it, didn’t deter Hinson from attending Saturday’s rally. Nor was the fact that, just days earlier, the Senate had released a 400-page report titled “Subverting Justice” about Trump’s efforts to use the Justice Department to illegally hold the 2020 election. To help reverse. In fact, none of Iowa’s elected GOP officials who attended the rally were concerned that Trump had nine times asked the Justice Department to undermine the election results, which some called a coup attempt. appears to be.

You don’t need to be a historian to recognize the danger in a political party showing blind allegiance to one person. Just a few months ago these GOP elected officials rightly criticized Trump and his role in the January 6 attack false election claims. With his appearance at his rally this weekend, it seems he has changed his tune now.

Perhaps they now agree with Trump’s lies. But it’s more likely that his flip-flops are what recent polls show. 91% Republicans in Iowa Look at Trump favorably. That, and Georgia Gov. Kemp, Wyoming Rep. Not wanting to face the wrath of Trump, like Liz Cheney and other Republicans who have dared to speak the truth about the election.
But who knows what the next litmus test will be if Trump’s whimsy remains in his good qualities? When Grassley, also of Iowa longest serving US senator, thinks it is “smart” politics to no longer criticize Trump for the un-American attack on our democracy and instead praise him in pursuit of an eighth term in the Senate, making it clear that the party is now defined by policy considerations. No, but hereby complete allegiance to Trump and his influence. Simply put, today’s GOP is how democracy dies.
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