Republicans Have Emerged From The Capitol Insurrection United Against Democracy

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Republicans who voted to impeach or convict Trump for his role in the Capitol riot are facing fury and official rebukes from party leaders back home.
Seven Republican members of the U.S. Senate voted to find former President Donald Trump guilty of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead. By the end of this week, six of the seven may have faced censures from local and state Republican parties back home because of those votes.

Together with the 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach Trump, the seven GOP senators made Trump's second impeachment the most bipartisan in American history. But if those votes foreshadowed a looming civil war within the GOP, the hasty efforts to censure anyone who crossed Trump are a good indication of which side has the larger army.

As the riot in the Capitol played out, even the GOP lawmakers who helped incite it briefly attempted to distance themselves from the mess they had created. But rather than a reckoning, the Republican Party is attempting a purge. From Congress to state legislatures, and in the state- and county-level parties that make up its base, the GOP's rank and file has emerged from an insurrection and a second impeachment trial united against American democracy and the few members of the party still willing to stand up for it.

There is little question that Trump incited the riot. His peddling of conspiracy theories led to the protests that set the stage for them, and many of the rioters have since admitted that they rallied outside the Capitol, and later entered it, because they believed that's what Trump had told them to do at a rally earlier that day. Trump sent a tweet attacking Vice President Mike Pence just minutes after learning that Pence's life was in danger inside the building, and mocked House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy over the phone as McCarthy begged him to call off the rioters.

Samuel Corum/Getty Images Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on Jan. 6. At his Senate impeachment trial, only seven members of the GOP voted to convict Trump of inciting the…
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