GOP Congressman Says Donald Trump’s Legacy ‘Destroyed’ by Capitol Insurrection
Representative Peter Meijer of Michigan – who was one of only ten House Republicans to vote to impeach ex-President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6th – said on Friday that Trump’s refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election, which culminated in him directing the attack, has “destroyed” Trump’s legacy.
In an appearance on the CBS News podcast The Takeout, Meijer opined to correspondent Major Garrett that Trump could have “secured himself an interesting but positive place in the history books” had he simply and gracefully accepted defeat.
“I frankly think that, despite all of the tweets and tension, that is an administration that would have aged well once some things were moved past. But honestly now, the events of January 6 — that was the capstone, that was the defining moment,” Meijer said. “And I think that a storming of the Capitol by [Trump’s] supporters — that erased, that destroyed all the positive components of that legacy.”
Meijer noted that he would have cast an additional vote to impeach Trump on the charge of dereliction of duty on January 6th, which the House of Representatives declined to pursue.
Meijer said that he was “speechless” that Trump allowed the incursion to happen, stressing that “we had the number two, three, and four in the line of succession after the president in that building and he stood by and watched. We’re frankly incredibly lucky that day wasn’t worse than it was.”
For example, armed seditionists were within striking distance of Vice President Mike Pence and his family, according to multiple reports. Vigilantes also stormed the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Further, Meijer continued, the GOP needs to find a way to break away from Trump if it hopes to survive into the future.
“I hope that we can get to a point where we can move on, but you can’t do that if you don’t address the wound. If you just paper it over, it’s only going to get worse and worse,” he said. “I think any entity that orients itself around a personality is going to have challenges.”
Meijer added that the non-stop parroting of Trump’s lies about election fraud must stop.
“As long as those myths, those fictions, those lies persist, we’re in for deep, deep problems as a party and as a country,” said Meijer. “To me, it’s so patently, obviously, idiotic political malpractice that I am just at a pure and utter loss at how anyone thinks this is a viable long-term strategy to regain the majority or regain the trust of the public that the Republican Party can be a governing entity.”
Listen to the entire episode of The Takeout here.