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Conservative Editor Warns That Donald Trump’s GOP Will Destroy Democracy if Republicans Retake Congress

Mona Charen, a former Reagan White House staffer and the political editor for the conservative publication The Bulwark, issued a dire warning in a Tuesday editorial that Republicans winning back control of Congress in 2022 and 2024 would be a death blow to American democracy.

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Charen ripped the GOP for its embrace of former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” and said that the ousting of Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) – who voted to impeach Trump for inciting an insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6th – is a harbinger of “the real steal” that awaits the country if Republicans return to power:

Today, we stand on the precipice of the House Republican conference ratifying this attempt to subvert American democracy. They are poised to punish Liz Cheney for saying this simple truth: ‘The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.’ In her place, they will elevate Iago in heels, [Congresswoman] Elise Stefanik [R-NY], whose claim to leadership consists entirely of her operatic Trump followership.

Charen believes that the GOP’s rejection of the law, reality, and truth is beyond reproach:

Let’s be clear: The substitution of Stefanik for Cheney is a tocsin, signaling that the Republican party will no longer be bound by law or custom. In 2020, many Republican office holders, including the otherwise invertebrate Pence, held the line. They did not submit false slates of electors. They did not decertify votes. They did not ‘find’ phantom fraud. But the party has been schooled since then. It has learned that the base—which is deluded by the likes of Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levin—believes the lies and demands that Republicans fight. As my colleague Amanda Carpenter put it, the 2024 mantra is going to be ‘Steal It Back.’

If Cheney must be axed because she will not lie, then what will happen if Republicans take control of Congress in 2022 and are called upon to certify the Electoral College in 2024? How many Raffenspergers will there be? How many will insist, as Pence did, that they must do what the Constitution demands? How many will preserve any semblance of the rule of law and the primacy of truth?

With this sabotage of Cheney, House Republicans are figuratively joining the January 6 mob.

The full editorial is available here.



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