For the past four years all across the country, Republican elected officials have stood next to the President, basked in his popularity, and mouthed words of support. They wanted to get reelected. Trump was in the White House. He could turn out the crowds.
Now, as it looks increasingly likely that President Trump will be forced to step down, the true character of many of these supposed supporters is being revealed. They do not support the President. They do not stand with him. They cannot wait until he exits stage right, and they can resume business as usual in the Swamp.
The election of Donald Trump was the end of nothing. It was the beginning. His defeat is the end of nothing. It is simply another battle in the long war to restore control of the federal government to the American people.
Well in excess of 70% of Republican voters believe Donald Trump represents the future of the party. The divide between those people and the class of professional politicians styling themselves Republicans in D.C. could not be greater. That must change, and that change will come one election at a time as incumbent establishment Republicans are replaced by populist members of the MAGA movement who want to take back their nation.
Ground zero in that fight will be the upcoming battle to fill the seat vacated by retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Toomey is a Harvard graduate who made his money as a Wall Street banker. His top donors are all securities and investment firms. He is about as far away from the “working people” base that propelled Donald Trump to office as one could imagine. When Trump first ran for President Toomey stood aside and did nothing to assist, only claiming to have voted for the President after he won the election.
In recent weeks Toomey has returned to form, stepping cleanly away from the President and urging him to end any efforts to dispute the results of the Presidential election. A statement issued by the Senator on November 22, 2020, read in part:
“President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania…On Friday, the state of Georgia certified the victory of Joe Biden after a hand recount of paper ballots confirmed the conclusion of the initial electronic count. Michigan lawmakers rejected the apparent attempt by President Trump to thwart the will of Michigan voters and select an illegitimate slate of electoral college electors. These developments, together with the outcomes in the rest of the nation, confirm that Joe Biden won the 2020 election and will become the 46th President of the United States…I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory…President Trump should accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process.”Senator Toomey, 22 November 2020
On December 8, 2020, Toomey went further saying of President Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the election in Pennsylvania, “It’s completely unacceptable and it’s not going to work, and the president should give up trying to get legislatures to overturn the results of the elections in their respective states.” He then went on to discuss the “pleasant” conversation he had just had with Joe Biden.
Just last night, Toomey stated that he would not join U.S. representatives and Senators who would protest the election fraud. In his statement, he said this was an “effort to disenfranchise millions of voters in my state and others.” He further noted that allegations of election fraud “fail to acknowledge that these allegations have been adjudicated in courtrooms across America and were found to be unsupported by evidence.” What Toomey does not address is any of the thousands of witness affidavits, evidence submitted by IT and data specialists alleging voting machine irregularities or the large number of affidavits alleging multiple types of election fraud in six to seven swing states. Toomey also does not acknowledge that the courts have not looked at any of the evidence – the cases thus far have largely been thrown out “lack of standing” issues by the courts.
Toomey will step down in 2022. Any number of Democratic hopefuls will emerge with the backing of the Democratic Party’s national machine and God knows how many left-wing PAC’s. It will take a monumental effort to defeat the landslide of outside money that will flood into Pennsylvania.
The first battle, though, will be in the primary. The cast of characters who will emerge on the GOP side can be counted on to consist primarily of men and women cut from the same cloth as Toomey. They will be establishment types who were doing just fine before Donald Trump ever emerged, playing the game, trading favors, climbing the party ladder, and getting rich on the side. As long as Trump remains somewhere in view they may mouth a few platitudes about adhering to his principles and valuing his supporters, but none of it will mean anything. They will be focused not on draining the Swamp but on becoming part of it.
This then is the next battle, to defeat the men and women who think they own the Republican Party and to replace them with people who believe in the populist movement that brought Trump to power. The effort to do that must begin now, and it must begin with the same people that put Trump in office, the average, working men and women of America, not with the party hacks, the hangers-on, and the self-appointed elitists.
The MAGA movement put Trump in the White House. It may have lost that ground temporarily, but it can recover. Job one, though, is to take control of the Republican Party and mold it in its own image.
A battle may have been lost, but this revolution has only just begun.