Updated January 12, 2021, 11:13 am
- While the current president is looking forward to a second impeachment process, the list of those who terminate his allegiance is getting longer.
- Resignations among former Trump supporters are increasing – church representatives and business leaders are also turning away.
- The question is now difficult to answer: Who is still with Trump?
It cannot be ruled out that one day American history books will praise those former Trump supporters who made the jump a little earlier to have.
For example, those who recognized after the US election in early November that Donald Trump had lost and that the Democratic rival candidate Joe Biden was elected as the new President of the United States instead.
Only a few have distanced themselves from the never-ending lies of the loser in the last few weeks and months.
Marco Rubio For example, who represents the state of Florida in the Senate, Donald Trump pointed out early on that it was perfectly normal for vote counts to take a few days. His colleague too Lisa Murkowski, Senator for Alaska, urged patience with the electoral authorities.
Mitch McConnell, the majority leader in the Senate, was critical of Trump’s requests to end the counts early.
Dead in front of the official residence and worldwide horror
Chris Christie, Republican governor of New Jersey, publicly urged Trump to provide evidence of his election fraud allegations. Really became clear Trump’s former advisor John Boltonwho called these fraud allegations “the most irresponsible remarks a President of the United States has ever made”.
And the senator from Louisiana Bill Cassidy, publicly recognized Joe Biden’s election victory. Alyssa Farah, White House communications director, resigned because she no longer wanted to support Trump’s handling of the election result.
Not until last Wednesday one Mob of Trump supporters stormed the seat of government when there were deaths and worldwide horror arose Critical voices also increased from the republican camp about a president who had practically called for this revolt.
Some examples: Announced after the Capitol Incidents Senator Lindsey Graham, according to the “Süddeutscher Zeitung”, the “greatest opportunist in Washington” and “particularly eager Trump supporter” changed sides to the critics of the current president.
McConnell: The instigators also bear responsibility
Mitch McConnell, Republican majority leader in the Senate, obviously alluding to Trump, said those who incited the intruders were also to blame for the incidents.
Ex-Justizminister William Barrs Allegations went in the same direction. He also accused Trump of “betraying his office”. Barr was one of Trump’s most loyal advocates through December.
Elaine Chao, Trumps Minister of Transport since 2017, announced her resignation after the riots.
Mick Mulvaney, former White House Chief of Staff and US Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, went by saying “I can’t stay here anymore”.
The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, also an extremely loyal follower of Trump, described the acts of violence as “tragic and disgusting” and called on Trump to condemn them.
The last faithful supported the mob
But there are still a few unwavering Trump defenders. The magazine “Focus” calls them “the last arsonists”.
It was those who tried last Thursday to prevent the final election of Joe Biden as the new US president with their objections to the election results from some states.
One of them is Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri, who cheered the violent mob of Republican Trump fans on Wednesday with a fist extended on their way to the Capitol. When it was long too late, he called for an end to the violence.
Also the congressman Mo Brooks had helped heat up the mood by calling protesters, as “American patriots”, to “kick someone in the ass”.
Finally the Texas Senator Ted Cruzwhose metamorphosis from Trump opponent to fanatical, right-wing extremist Trump supporter is difficult to explain. In retrospect, Cruz described the storming of the Capitol as a “despicable act of terrorism” – but immediately before that, he too had spoken to Congress about “unprecedented allegations of electoral fraud” and questioned Biden’s election as president.
Church, business, golf organizers – together against Trump
The fact that it is now very, very lonely for the last Trump supporters should become clear to them when they take note of some facts that it is difficult to denigrate as media lies.
About the message that meanwhile too senior US church officials the immediate resignation of the elected president, because it endangers “the security of the country”.
For example the news that even the conservative “Wall Street Journal” is calling for Trump to resign. About the fact that Stephen Schwarzman, Head of the Blackstone hedge fund and one of Trump’s most prominent supporters, a orderly transfer of power to Joe Biden calls. Or that Larry Fink, Head of the world’s largest wealth management company, BlackRock, called out “it’s time to go” after the outgoing president.
If the big business leaders turn their backs on Trump, it will seem like a trifle that one of the most important golf tournaments in the world in 2022 will not take place on Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, as planned. A tournament on Trump’s court, so the reasoning, would damage the “PGA of America” brand.
It may be that this decision affects Trump more than the fact that the flags are flying at half-mast in front of the White House and the Capitol in memory of the dead last Wednesday.
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