It has only been a few months since thousands of people made their way into the United States Capitol to protest the results of the most recent presidential election. Despite the fallout from the Capitol Hill Riots, it appears that former President Donald Trump still has a hold on the Republican Party. In recent weeks, Trump addressed a group of Republicans at a state conference in North Carolina and the Republican National Committee threatened to pull out of future presidential debates if Trump's list of complaints weren't addressed by 2024.
The recent actions of the Republican Party have caused many moderate Democrats to worry about the future of the Republican Party if it doesn't move on without the former President. During a recent interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper, former President Barack Obama warned voters "to worry when of [the] major political parties is willing to embrace" an outdated line of thinking.
“I think we have to worry when one of our major political parties is willing to embrace a way of thinking about our democracy that would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five years ago or a decade ago,” Obama told Cooper.
“No. I thought that there were enough guardrails institutionally that even after Trump was elected that you would have the so-called Republican establishment who would say, ‘OK, you know, it’s a problem if the White House doesn’t seem to be concerned about Russian meddling,’ or, ‘It’s a problem if we have a president who’s saying that neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, there are good people on both sides.’ That, ‘That’s a little bit beyond the pale.’”
Obama went on to explain that several members of the Republican Party fell back in line after the Capitol Hill Riots because many GOP voters believed Trump's assertion that the election was "stolen" from him.
“The reason for [Republicans getting back in line after the insurrection] is because the base believed it,” Obama explained.
“I didn’t expect that there would be so few people who would say, ‘Well, I don’t mind losing my office because this is too important. America is too important. Our democracy is too important.’ We didn’t see that.”
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