SE Cupp: The Big Old Orange Juice Party: How Today’s Republican Party Reminds Me Of The Minute Maid Concentrate | Chroniclers
And some, like Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for the second time, cited the continued death threats against his family as one of the reasons for his early retirement.
While being kicked out for their lack of loyalty to whatever Trumpism demanded at the time, lunatics and charlatans like Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) And Rep. Madison Cawthorn (NC) have been introduced with open arms to varying degrees.
The systematic bleeding and purging of Republican lawmakers has left the GOP with an undiluted coagulation of Trump’s worst and most corrosive impulses. Conspiracy theories, bigotry and white nationalism, xenophobia and violent populism, decidedly silly culture wars over Big Bird and manhood are all that’s left now.
The party, indifferent to facts or reality, no longer cares about once insignificant distractions like adding new voters and freed from nuisances like principles, is now free to focus only on concentrating the grassroots in its form. the purest and the most rabid.
This project manifests itself wherever the party has influence.
The right-wing media are becoming more and more purified. At Fox News, two remaining old guard conservatives, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, resigned Sunday because of Tucker Carlson’s “documentary” Patriot Purge, which ridiculously suggests that the January 6 insurgency was a false flag. Longtime presenter Bret Baier was asked if he was bothered by the movie and admitted, reluctantly, “You know, I mean, there was definitely some concern about it.”