The Trump show was canceled by the American people, but you wouldn’t know it by talking to many Republican lawmakers or die-hard fangirls – and the Proud Boys – descending into the nation’s capital at the behest of the most painful of all losers , the outgoing president himself.
On Tuesday, members of the House of Representatives will take on one of their most solemn – and usually boring – tasks: simply counting the electoral college’s votes. This quadrennial dance has probably been commonplace and mechanical for decades. And it will be this time around, even if grassroots Republicans in the House and Senate pout and may protest the results of multiple states, a move that could delay the inevitable for six hours, or even Thursday.
The open secret here in Washington, DC – even among Republicans carrying the last jugs of the President’s swamp water – is that everyone knows how it ends: President-elect Biden will have his victory codified.
Just because everyone knows the outcome doesn’t mean the president doesn’t want to throw one last made-for-television carnival (even though he’s distorted accompanied by angry protesters, countless police officers, security doors, the National Guard and the threat of violence, such as the last time many Trump fan clubs came to town).
Republicans pampering his obese ego do so for a number of reasons – political ambitions, a voters’ fear of Trump that is closely linked to the fear of Trump himself, and perhaps a few who don’t think about those responsible. locals – whether Democrats or Republicans. -can count. But unlike the lemming-type ass kisses the GOP has exhibited over the past four years, what’s remarkable this time around is that many Republicans openly oppose the more powerful thumbs and the baby who cry the loudest on the planet.
Predictably, this puts them in an impossible position with their own GOP voters being asked to believe a grassroots Republican rather than the President of the United States of America.
This becomes embarrassing for many as they have to do what Democrats, independents, public health officials, foreign leaders, doctors, academics, intelligence officers, senior officials, junior government employees and the press corps have been trying to do since Trump. strolled through the White House: They’re just trying to point out that the sky is blue.
This was proven outside the Capitol on Tuesday where Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) was surrounded by more than 25 of his voters. As the sporadic sound of car horns from a pro-Trump and anti-China trailer echoed nearby, Cramer answered questions from his constituents who traveled to Washington to support the President’s latest Trump-height myth. and to personally pressure lawmakers like Cramer to put personality, party and power first.
After Cramer left the open-air town hall meeting, The Daily Beast asked him how the conversation went with his constituents who disagreed with him. He was unfazed.
“They’re trying to shoot me that way, but, like I say, you know, there are two things: my conscience and the Constitution. And my reading of the Constitution and my reading of the Holy Spirit is to do the right thing and then explain to you, ”Cramer told The Daily Beast as he walked through Capitol Park. “I don’t have to convince anyone. I just need to be able to sleep well at night.
Cramer knows his audience, but he’s still opposed to the president’s latest ploy, despite his constituents’ staunch support for the anti-democratic ploy.
“The easiest vote in the world would be to do what the vast majority of my constituents want me to do. It would be easy, but when, you know, I read this Constitution – and its clarity – and think about my oath. I just couldn’t with a clear conscience, ”Cramer said.
Over the past few weeks, he has spent time looking at the 12th Amendment, talking to lawyers and discussing the issue with colleagues. He firmly believes that he is right and that the president whom he supports most of the time is wrong.
“There’s nowhere in there that says you do anything but count them. Unless there are less than 270 or there is a tie, “Cramer said.” There is nothing in there about objections … I think it’s up to the courts to decide whether a voters list was or was not fraudulently elected and should not have been certified. It is certainly not our job to do this.
Still, he won’t tear his party or the president apart, as the Trump era made him and most of his fellow Republicans the subjective relativists that conservatives have decried for decades.
“No. I’m not disappointed with it. I guess I understand that people have different views. You know people have different opinions. People have different reads of certain things and have different motives. All I can worry about is myself, ”Cramer said.
Across the Capitol, in a series of House votes on Monday, The Daily Beast met Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy, flanked by his security service, as he left the parquet floor and headed for his suite in the Capitol. When asked if he supports the effort to contest the election, he audibly smiled and laughed.
“What is this laughing?” Asked the Daily Beast.
“Because you’re always trying to kid me,” McCarthy replied – no more smirk now -. “I think it’s very healthy that we have a debate. I think it is fair that we have the debate.
Other Republicans know there will be repercussions for Trump’s latest savage ride. Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) – the No. 3 Republican House Leader – and even her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, have opposed what many call a coup attempt. Others in the party are drunk on the Trump Kool-Aid knock-off; They are not alone.
“There are people on the left here who would like to ignore the Constitution – change it or change it – and get rid of the Electoral College, and I advocate not to do that,” Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) told the Daily Beast. “If he was successful, it would undermine the Electoral College.”
For those Republicans who brave the inevitable backlash, they now feel the withering, ruthless, relentless and largely unthinking power of today’s conservative disinformation machine.
“One thing that surprises and disappoints me is the degree of misinformation,” Massie said. “Some of the outside agitators – not my colleagues, but outside agitators – give the public the impression that if they come to Washington, they could get enough people in this chamber to reject enough Biden votes for Trump to have a way. election, which is absolutely false.
For Democrats, it’s not even an “I told you” moment. It’s a WTF moment. And they are tired of fueling Trumpster’s perpetual fire.
“What makes this country special is the peaceful transition of power. We had an election, ”Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA), who has been hired as a senior adviser to the Biden-Harris administration, told The Daily Beast. “This thing is over. [It] should be a formality, but some people will choose to make it a show. And it’s unfortunate, but we’re going to get there.
Even though he’s the eyes and ears of the new president on Capitol Hill, Richmond told The Daily Beast he hasn’t even discussed this latest GOP masquerade with Biden. That’s because he seems to see clearly, like some Republicans finally do.
“So we don’t win under any circumstance,” Massie said. “It is not disclosed to a lot of people.”
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