The New York Occasions traces it up: There’s the congressional candidate who beforehand went viral for her MAGA wedding dress and says it’s “extremely possible” that Trump received her state of Michigan. (He misplaced the state by more than 150,000 votes.) There’s the Wisconsin congressional candidate who truly attended Trump’s Jan. 6 rally that changed into the assault on the U.S. Capitol. He claimed he was there to “stand for the integrity of our electoral system” and that he left, “disturbed” and “in shock,” because it changed into a mob. However make no mistake: He was there to protest the certification of a legitimate election primarily based on the false and malicious declare that it was invalid.
There’s the Virginia congressional main the place Republicans can select between a candidate who advised Steve Bannon that individuals who commit election fraud needs to be sentenced “to dying” and a candidate who prefers to make use of euphemisms like “voter confidence” and “it’s proper to query the electoral course of.” A Nevada congressional candidate isn’t certain that President Biden received the state, which he did by greater than 33,000 votes, and says “I’d not have voted to certify Jan. 6, not with out extra questions.”
And naturally there’s the fraudit in Arizona, the place state Senate Republicans have an organization with no elections expertise however with a Trumpy conspiracy theorist chief counting all of the ballots within the state’s largest county, with embarrassing mistake after embarrassing mistake, arrest threats being lobbed at Republican officers who refuse to get on board with the challenge, and serious security concerns about future use of the voting machines which have been pulled into the fraudit. Arizona Republicans are elevating cash off of this, together with the reward they absorb from sore loser Trump.
In state after state, Republicans are displaying that the cult of Trump is undamaged, however its substance has shifted from embracing Trump’s private insults and love of autocratic leaders all over the world and governing-by-tweet to embracing the sore loser’s insistence that he didn’t actually lose.
The doable upside right here is that a few of these folks will win their primaries after which alienate the final voters and in so doing, value Republicans winnable seats. However what if Republican darkish cash and Republican voter suppression legal guidelines permit sufficient of them to slide via to actually, actually trigger harm to the federal government? Extra even than Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders from Mitch McConnell to Kevin McCarthy have completed? What if immediately Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has a considerable amount of firm in setting the tone for Home Republicans, and Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t even within the working for worst particular person within the Senate anymore? Donald Trump might solely care about Donald Trump. He might not care about coverage or party-building. However the Republican cult of Trump might genuinely destroy U.S. democracy.