Meet Hill’s Seven Republicans Ready to Hold Trump Accountable

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At the start of the riot on Capitol Hill, no elected Republican Party official had any obvious illusions about the cause. Even staunch allies of President Donald Trump such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) have reached out to the White House in a bid to quell the unrest: “Please tell the president to calm down people,” she wrote in a text message. to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. “That’s not the way to solve anything.”

But even before the rioters were evicted from the building, the day’s events were reframed as something other than what they obviously were. Greene continued in another message to Meadows: Maybe the rioters were antifa? Hours later, in a building with freshly smashed windows, Congress had its first chance to rebuke Trump by rejecting his calls to withhold electoral votes cast by the states of Arizona and Pennsylvania.

A majority of House Republicans and a handful of Senate Republicans have instead chosen to side with Trump and the rioters.

This has been the trend ever since. Of the 256 Republicans currently in office in the House and Senate who sat in Congress for at least one key vote offering a chance to hold Trump to account, 249 of them have at least once refused to do so. That means only seven Republicans have consistently shown interest in leveraging their institutional power against Trump’s efforts to grab a second term.

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More of these Republicans are in the Senate. Of the 50 Republicans in the House, eight voted to reject the electoral list submitted by Arizona or Pennsylvania following the Capitol riot, choosing to amplify the misconception that there was something wrong. suspect in the election. When Trump was impeached by the House for his role in the riot, most Republican senators declined to convict him.

A few months later came the final test – and one might think the simplest –: a vote to form a bipartisan commission that would investigate the causes of the riot. Only six Republicans have chosen to support this effort. He failed to overcome a buccaneer.

We can distribute these votes in a Venn diagram. There were eight senators who sided with Trump each time: reject voters, oppose sentencing and oppose forming a commission. It was the senses. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), John Neely Kennedy (R-La.), Cynthia M. Lummis (R-Wyo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.). Five of them (Cruz, Hawley, Lummis, Scott and Tuberville) are part of the most conservative quarter of Republicans in Congress. None are among the least conservative quarterbacks.

An additional 34 senators chose not to reject voters – but refused to convict Trump during his impeachment trial and opposed the formation of this bipartisan commission.

The five senators who rejected each of these efforts? Meaning. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). Three of those five are in the least conservative quarter of Hill’s Republicans.

As you will notice, nearly twice as many senators sided with Trump the three times as senators rejected him each time. That’s an unfavorable ratio for efforts to hold Trump to account — but it could be worse.

On the other side of the Capitol, lawmakers had the same three opportunities — although after the rejection of the bipartisan commission, the investigative vote in the House focused on creating the House Select Committee. Of the currently serving representatives who sat for one of those votes, 132 voted to reject at least one voters list, to oppose Trump’s impeachment and to block the formation of the committee.

Only two Republicans — Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) — have chosen to take a stand against Trump on those three occasions. That’s a 66 to 1 ratio.

This is useful to consider in light of the ongoing work of the committee. During six public hearings, he provided solid evidence and testimony describing not only how Trump tried to block Joe Biden‘s nomination, but, during Tuesday’s hearing, the extent of awareness. that January 6 could turn violent. The violence that followed months of Trump making dishonest statements about election security and weeks of calls for people to come to Washington.

Yet despite what was known even on Jan. 6 itself, only seven of the 256 House and Senate Republicans given the opportunity to hold Trump accountable have consistently chosen to do so.

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