Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell was so appalled by Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 attacks that he signaled to colleagues shortly after that he was willing to face Trump in an impeachment trial. Trump convicted — and barred him from holding public office again. A month later, however, McConnell voted to acquit him.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy told colleagues in the days after Jan. 6 that he would call Trump and urge him to resign. But McCarthy quickly changed his mind and instead told House members not to criticize Trump in public.
By now, this pattern is familiar. (this is a central theme “It’s not going to pass,” A new book by my colleagues Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin on the end of Trump’s presidency broke with McCarthy’s comments. )
Many prominent Republicans have criticized Trump for inciting violence, undermining democracy or making racist remarks, sometimes harshly. Privately, these Republicans have been tougher, saying they despise Trump and want him out of politics.
But they were ultimately reluctant to contend with him. They argue that doing so would jeopardize their future in the party given Trump’s continued popularity with Republican voters. “Republican lawmakers worry that confronting Trump, or even speaking out about how they really feel about him, is tantamount to signing their political death warrant,” Jonathan Martin told me. “For most of them, It’s not more complicated than that.”
There are only a few exceptions. If you follow politics, you might be able to tick off the most prominent names: Liz Cheneya member of the House of Representatives from Wyoming; Mitt Romneyrepresenting the Senator from Utah; and Larry HoganGovernor of Maryland.
The three of them happen to have one thing in common: they all grew up around politics, the children of world-famous officials.
Liz Cheney’s father, Dickended a long political career by serving as vice president and her mother, Lynn, is the high-profile chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mitt Romney’s father, George, is a presidential candidate, cabinet secretary and governor of Michigan. Larry Hogan’s father, Lawrencewas the only Republican on the House Judiciary Committee to vote for every article of impeachment against Richard Nixon.
Together, the three constitute “a kind of shadow conscience of the party,” as Mark Lebovich, now author of The Atlantic, puts it, let go.
Aside from their stance on Trump, the three have many differences. They come from different political generations — Romney, 75, ran for president twice, while Hogan, 65, and Cheney, 55, were elected only in the past decade. They also have different ideologies. Cheney is very conservative on most policy issues, Hogan is a moderate, and Romney is somewhere in between.
If anything, these differences make their shared family history all the more telling. All three see politics as something bigger than the next election or their own career ambitions. They have multigenerational views on the Republican Party and American democracy. They hoped that both would be by their side when they left the scene — just as they had witnessed their parents go through firsthand.
That view led them all to prioritize their honest views of Trump over their professional interests.
In Hogan’s case, that stance has arguably little downside, as he rules a blue state and is barred from running for a third term.But Cheney has lost her position as Republican House leader and faces a major challenge from candidates Both Trump and McCarthy support. Romney will likely face his own challenges in 2024.
Jonathan told me: “Unlike most of their colleagues who are eager to stay, it’s not worth the decision that Romney and Cheney stay in Congress, it’s not worth their silence about individuals they see as a threat to American democracy.” “They also couldn’t understand why their respected Republican colleagues didn’t share their alerts.”
In an interview with Jonathan and Alex’s book, Cheney singled out her disappointment with McConnell: “I think he totally misjudged the dangers of this moment.”
last night’s election
Nebraska and West Virginia held their primary elections last night, and they made different decisions for Trump’s preferred nominee.
In West Virginia, re-election forces forced two Republican House members to face each other, Alex Mooney beats David McKinley. Trump backs Mooney.
McKinley has the support of Republican Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. McKinley recently voted for President Biden’s infrastructure law and supported the creation of a bipartisan commission on Jan. 6.
Mooney got 54 percent of the vote, while McKinley got 36 percent.
In Nebraska’s Republican gubernatorial primary, Jim Pillen of the University of Nebraska won with 33 percent of the vote, despite not having Trump’s backing.
Instead, Trump backed Charles Herbst, an agribusiness executive who attended a rally before the Jan. 6 attack; multiple women accused Herbst of groping them. Herbst received 30 percent of the vote.
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Formula 1 is an international motor sport that attracts a global audience. Historically, it has attempted to make a breakthrough in America where NASCAR reigns supreme, Not very successful – until now.
In 2017, American company Liberty Media acquired Formula One. Liberty executives see it as “one of the few truly global sports on the scale of FIFA or the Olympics that still attracts a large live audience,” Austin Carr wrote in Bloomberg.
In the years since, the sport’s footprint in the United States has continued to expand. Focusing on the personalities of drivers, the Netflix documentary “Drive to Survive” is one of the most popular shows on the platform.The sport is adding new competitions in the U.S. – in Miami this year Next year is Las Vegas — ESPN’s ratings are higher than ever.
Before the Netflix show premiered in 2019, driver Daniel Ricciardo said a fan or two would recognize him in the U.S. “When I landed in the U.S., I was like, ‘Oh, I’m a F1 drivers,’ they would ask, ‘is this like NASCAR?'” Ricciardo told Bloomberg. “After the first season, every day I was somewhere and someone would say, ‘I saw you on that show!'”
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