Republicans who fled Trump-dominated GOP have no political homePosted by Thomas Bush / February 21, 2021
Arkansas is one of those states that is, until recently, unquestionably red. Recently, however, things have become unsettled in Arkansas. A state senator, who also happens to be a nephew of the governor, just announced that he is leaving the Republican party following the Capitol riots. His abandonment of the party highlights a growing political problem: Republicans who left the Trump-dominated GOP now have no political home.
Evidence is mounting that suggests the Republican Party is in a major transitionary period. In the past few months, the number of Republicans in favor of a third party shot up from 40% to 63%. The urge for a new party is not coming from those Republicans who want to leave the Trump party in favor of a more moderate one. Rather, most of the Republicans who want to leave the party want a farther-right party.
A poll from last week revealed that 33% of Republicans said they would join Trump if he formed a new party, and another 37% said they would “maybe” join if he did. Meanwhile, voting experts at the University of Florida have noted that thousands of Republicans have left the party following the January 6 riots. California alone has lost some 30,000.
A prominent Republican donor and activist named Jacob Monty, an immigration lawyer, has left the party. “If you stay in the Republican Party,” he said, “you have to pay homage to Trump and I don’t do that, I don’t pray to any man.”
The Republican Party is facing a reckoning following the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. In Colorado, 4,600 of the state’s Republicans have left the party. One member of the party, a former Oklahoma congressmen, has left the party, calling it a “cult.” CNN, meanwhile, is accusing the GOP of being an empty shell of itself and suggesting that it stood for nothing.
The backlash against the GOP is anything but surprising after the mob of right-wing rioters stormed and briefly occupied the U.S. Capitol following a rally in which Donald Trump once more claimed to have been the victim of a rigged election. Six of those rioters were were Republican lawmakers, meaning six Republican lawmakers were part of an insurrection against the United States of America. Let that sink in for a moment. What’s worse, they don’t even see anything wrong with that.
Earlier this week, Louie Gohmert, a Congressman from Texas, has suggested that “violence on the streets is last resort for Trump supporters who hope to get their man in office despite his loss in a, you know, legitimate election.
Security experts have warned that the right-wing embrace of conspiracy theories represents mass radicalization, a claim borne out following the dramatic events after the election, QAnon supporters have vowed to leave the GOP, possibly forming a party of their own. Many of the mob involved in the violence at the Capitol were wearing QAnon logos or holding up Q-related signs.
During the election, A 20-year-old voting contractor in Georgia is facing death threats after a QAnon influencer orchestrated a campaign against him. Trump, meanwhile, is fanning the flames by posting long, rambling tirades on Facebook that include the same charts and graphs that QAnon uses.
Two armed Virginians were arrested in Philadelphia for trying to deliver fake ballots. They had QAnon paraphernalia in their car.