Republicans Got What They Deserved. America Will Now Have To Pay the Price.
Donald Trump promised—or perhaps warned—Republican voters in 2016 that if he was elected president, they would become “so sick and tired of winning.”
In Georgia, at least, that appears to be true.
Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff appear to have narrowly won the pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections held in Georgia on Tuesday night. If those results are confirmed, it would leave the Senate evenly divided between the two parties and allow incoming Vice President Kamala Harris to be a tie-breaking vote for Democrats. Combined with the results of November’s elections, Tuesday’s outcomes mean that when Trump leaves office in less than two weeks, Democrats will have full control of the executive and legislative branches of government.
That means that in a span of two months Trump has presided over three losses in a state that hadn’t gone to Democrats in a presidential contest since 1992 and hadn’t elected a Democratic senator since 2000. It’s too soon to say whether this is evidence of a realignment in Georgia that Democrats have been hoping for years would materialize, versus a one-off rejection of Trump and his party. Either way, these results are a big deal.
This is the outcome that Republicans deserve after four years of not merely tolerating but largely embracing Trump’s authoritarian, spendy, and uninformed ways. It is the outcome the party deserves for rallying around a man who was impeached and defeated at the ballot box. It is what they should get for following Trump down an insane rabbit hole of conspiracy theories instead of rejecting him as the failed president that he is and moving in a different direction.
Republicans need to realize that “this is happening the way it is happening because you’ve allowed it to happen,” Michael Steel, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said on Tuesday night during an appearance on MSNBC. Like other anti-Trump voices within and around the GOP warning that Trumpism was a dead end, he’s been proven right.
The best thing that could come out of Tuesday’s results is a long-overdue reckoning for Trumpism. Already, the recriminations are starting—CNN’s Jake Tapper says some Republican strategists are blaming Sen. Josh Hawley (R–Mo.), one of Trump’s most loyal advocates in the Senate, for the losses in Georgia.
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