Will Donald Trump remove democracy in America?

Donald Trump still has a huge impact on Republicans

The fraudulent election of 2020 will go down in history as a big lie, complained Donald Trump earlier this week on the website of his political action committee Save America. "BIG LIE," he wrote, repeating in capital letters what he has been claiming since his loss to Joe Biden.

His party colleague Liz Cheney promptly tried to counterattack. "The 2020 vote was not stolen," she replied via Twitter. Those who claim that Trump was defrauded by fraud are spreading a big lie, turning away from the rule of law and poisoning democracy.

Number three of the group

From Trump's point of view, that was the famous drop that broke the barrel. Since then, his allies in parliament have been preparing an internal party vote to sideline the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. As early as next week, the Republicans should decide to downgrade the Wyoming MPs in the hierarchy.

For two and a half years, Cheney has been number three in the House of Representatives. For a long time she was considered a reliable advocate of Trump's agenda, strictly conservative, and passionately promoting the president's tax cut package.

No ride into the sunset

Since January 6th, when the Trumpists stormed the Capitol, she has been one of the sharpest critics. Of the ten Republican MPs who voted in league with the Democrats for the impeachment of Trump, Cheney was the most prominent.

At the time, it seemed as if it were the signal for a kind of withdrawal movement in installments. As if the 74-year-old in Palm Beach, his home in Florida, was figuratively riding into the sunset. As if it was gradually being forgotten, as if the populist fever was gradually subsiding and the Republican Party going back to business. The assumption has been proven wrong.

Trial of strength of the ex-president

It is still Trump who undisputedly sets the tone in the party, even if he has to do without mouthpieces like Twitter and Facebook. The tug-of-war for Liz Cheney is nothing more than a test of strength with which he wants to prove his unbroken influence. It's not about ideological issues. It's all about how loyal you are to him. More precisely, whether one shares or doubts his thesis of mass electoral fraud, which has not been substantiated by any facts.

Mitt Romney, one of seven Republican senators who voted for Trump's impeachment in February, received the receipt for his courage a few days ago. He was booed at a party convention in Utah. The attempt of his opponents to warn him in all forms only narrowly failed, with 711 votes in favor and 798 against. And that in the Mormon state of Utah, where Romney, the most famous politician of the Mormon faith in the USA, usually plays home games.

In Arizona, one of the swing states where Biden narrowly won, the local Republicans insist on re-examining the election result - six months after the polls. Elise Stefanik, a whiz kid from New York State, loudly gives them their backing. That is also why she should replace Liz Cheney in the parliamentary group leadership.

Resistance is followed by buckling

Stefanik's biography alone shows how thoroughly the tycoon got the "Grand Old Party" on course. In the fall of 2014, the Harvard graduate, then just thirty, was elected to the House of Representatives in rural north New York.

In 2016, she initially supported John Kasich, the most moderate of the Republican field of applicants. When Trump implemented a restrictive immigration policy in the White House and drastically reduced the quota for refugees to be admitted, she spoke of hasty decisions. She rejected the tax cuts adopted in 2017. What followed was an unconditional swing into the Trump line.

No manipulation detected

In the verbal battles of the first impeachment proceedings, initiated by the Democrats in the course of the Ukraine affair, Stefanik lobbied for the president with impressive eloquence. And after his election failure, she was one of those who particularly blatantly embellished the fable of electoral fraud. In Fulton County in Georgia alone, a constituency that encompasses large parts of the metropolis of Atlanta, Stefanik wrote in a local newspaper in January that around a quarter of all votes were cast by "minors, deceased or other unauthorized persons".

The conservative government of the hard-fought state had relegated allegations of manipulation to the realm of legends after recounting twice. (Frank Herrmann from New York, 7.5.2021)