[WATCH] Republicans Are Looking For A Way Out When Trump Loses In A “Landslide”
Conservative commentator Matt Lewis wrote in a Daily Beast column on Sunday that several GOP lawmakers are looking for a way out if it looks like Trump will lose in a “landslide” this November. Lewis left the Republican Party over its loyalty to Trump and he says the November election now has Trump fearful.
He wrote, “Donald Trump is scared. He has beaten, dominated, and bludgeoned the Republican Party into positions that would make a drunken riot cop blush with shame. But now that Trump may lose in a landslide, his captives and quislings are plotting their escape.”
He went on to say that retired General Mattis got the wheels turning with comments he made last week. Lewis wrote, “Mattis, one of the few adults to serve in Trump’s administration, resigned on principle, and his criticisms were strong and pointed—so I don’t include him in what I’m about to say next, which instead applies to the many elected Republicans who acted like pantywaists before they started to smell Trumpian blood in the electoral waters: When it looks like a ship is sinking, the rats begin scurrying off.” He added, “Take Sen. Ben Sasse, for example; he wrote a book about the ‘vanishing adult’ before becoming one himself. After taking a proverbial knee for the last couple of years, Sasse has reemerged recently as a Trump critic. He (coincidentally) rediscovered his courage after winning his primary election—at the very moment that Trump was (and still is) losing by double digits to Joe Biden.”
Lewis added, “The danger for Trump is that Sasse isn’t the only one putting down markers for potential political support.” Lewis also pointed out that other than Sasse Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has also come into conflict with Trump which shows that Trump is not invulnerable within the Republican Party. Lewis continued, ‘” It’s better late than never. The future of the country is at stake. Republicans are facing a profoundly moral choice—the moral choice of their careers. They’ve already failed, repeatedly, and fed me column fodder for years now. But fate is handing them one last chance to get on the right side of history.”
Lewis admits that there will not be a whole lot of GOP lawmakers abandoning Trump but the allure is there when you consider the poll numbers. Lewis explained, “It’s finally hitting Republicans that there will be life after Trump. And if they want to hang on to their careers and reputations, they better paddle faster, ” he wrote before adding, “This raises questions about the vulnerable Republicans who are on the ballot in November. Do any of them begin distancing from Trump?”
“It’s possible that one or two incumbent Republicans might ultimately conclude that sticking with Trump and getting re-elected are mutually exclusive, and that would make things interesting. Maine’s Susan Collins, who has an independent brand that predates Trump’s political rise, is one such example,” he continued. “It’s conceivable she will, at some point, conclude that her best chance to win is to distance from Trump and try and localize the election. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is the other possible defection. This is probably the kind of last-ditch maneuver you see after Labor Day.”
He concluded, “Trump, the man, will not go quietly into that good night. But a landslide loss would cast this one-term president in the role of a ‘loser,’ more akin to Jimmy Carter than Richard Nixon. “Trumpism. One day, it’s a miracle, it will disappear.”