The New York Occasions traces it up: There’s the congressional candidate who beforehand went viral for her MAGA wedding ceremony gown and says it’s “extremely possible” that Trump gained her state of Michigan. (He misplaced the state by greater than 150,000 votes.) There’s the Wisconsin congressional candidate who truly attended Trump’s Jan. 6 rally that become the assault on the U.S. Capitol. He claimed he was there to “stand for the integrity of our electoral system” and that he left, “disturbed” and “in shock,” because it become a mob. However make no mistake: He was there to protest the certification of a legitimate election primarily based on the false and malicious declare that it was invalid.
There’s the Virginia congressional major the place Republicans can select between a candidate who advised Steve Bannon that individuals who commit election fraud ought to be sentenced “to loss of life” and a candidate who prefers to make use of euphemisms like “voter confidence” and “it’s proper to query the electoral course of.” A Nevada congressional candidate isn’t certain that President Biden gained the state, which he did by greater than 33,000 votes, and says “I might not have voted to certify Jan. 6, not with out extra questions.”
And naturally there’s the fraudit in Arizona, the place state Senate Republicans have an organization with no elections expertise however with a Trumpy conspiracy theorist chief counting all of the ballots within the state’s largest county, with embarrassing mistake after embarrassing mistake, arrest threats being lobbed at Republican officers who refuse to get on board with the challenge, and severe safety issues about future use of the voting machines which have been pulled into the fraudit. Arizona Republicans are elevating cash off of this, together with the reward they take in from sore loser Trump.
In state after state, Republicans are displaying that the cult of Trump is unbroken, however its substance has shifted from embracing Trump’s private insults and love of autocratic leaders world wide and governing-by-tweet to embracing the sore loser’s insistence that he didn’t actually lose.
The attainable upside right here is that a few of these folks will win their primaries after which alienate the overall citizens and in so doing, value Republicans winnable seats. However what if Republican darkish cash and Republican voter suppression legal guidelines permit sufficient of them to slide via to actually, actually trigger harm to the federal government? Extra even than Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders from Mitch McConnell to Kevin McCarthy have finished? What if immediately Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has a considerable amount of firm in setting the tone for Home Republicans, and Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t even within the operating for worst particular person within the Senate anymore? Donald Trump could solely care about Donald Trump. He could not care about coverage or party-building. However the Republican cult of Trump might genuinely destroy U.S. democracy.