Over the weekend, Republicans changed the place where they were going to meet. The new venue was owned by Donald Trump. And the Republicans paid him to meet on his property. Trump responded by addressing those assembled. In his speech, he attacked former vice president Mike Pence and called Mitch McConnell a “dumb son of a bitch.”
The problem for Republicans is that Trump will not go away. James Downie writes:
Even if Trump doesn’t run in 2024, though, Republicans can’t get rid of him for two other reasons. First, as my colleague Greg Sargent pointed out, one of the party’s biggest causes at the moment — voting restrictions — is inextricably tied to the former president’s lies about the 2020 election. The nationwide campaign to limit voting rights and the resulting fights with various corporations and sports leagues all stem from lawmakers’ acceptance (sometimes tacit, sometimes not) of Trump and his allies’ campaign to undermine the results.
Second, Trump has the money. GOP small donors remain big fans of the president, with the New York Times reporting that Trump has more cash on hand than the Republican National Committee. The RNC donor summit that Trump spoke to was confirmation of his outsized role: Not only was the bulk of the two-day event held at a Palm Beach hotel, less than five miles from Mar-a-Lago, but instead of Trump coming to the donors Saturday night, the RNC bused all the attendees to Trump’s club. One would hardly have been surprised if each bus seat came with a ring to kiss.
The Republicans discriminate against people of colour. But they have refused to discriminate against the crazies. Now the Crazies have taken over the party.