The thing to remember about Republicanism these days is that it’s about loyalty to Trumpism — and Trumpism was never about conservatism.
Voting to impeach Trump is an even more unforgivable sin in the minds of many Republicans. The same poll found that 64% of Republicans indicated that the party shouldn’t be accepting of Republicans who voted to impeach or convict Trump.
If Romney’s numbers are that bad in a place with plenty of Trump-resistant Republicans, just imagine how Republicans in a place like Wyoming.
Indeed, we have had a load of fairly moderate Republicans win primaries during the time of Trump. Republican voters are willing to tolerate that. The vast majority of Republicans (71%) nationally said that Republicans should be accepting of elected officials who have disagreements with their party on major issues.
Stefanik has made sure of that. Although she has disagreed with Trump on policy from time to time, Stefanik in recent years has not been outwardly critical of him.
A look at history shows, though, that many of Trump’s most ardent defenders are people who were once critical of him.
The thing about Trump is that it’s more about the present moment than the past.
Cheney, though, kept telling the truth about the 2020 election (i.e. that there was no fraud and the results were legitimate). She wouldn’t go quietly into the night.
The result: Cheney is fighting for her political life.
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