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Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote
« on: January 12, 2021, 02:36:46 PM »
Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote
By Jonathan Easley - 01/12/21 02:03 PM EST

GOP lawmakers who vote to impeach President Trump could draw primary challenges from the right, potentially leading many House Republicans to stick by Trump even as they blame him for stoking the deadly riot that consumed Capitol Hill last week.

The president’s allies privately acknowledge that his political power has diminished dramatically. But they say that even a weakened Trump maintains enormous influence over conservatives outside of Washington, many of whom believe wrongly that the election was stolen and are agitating for Republicans to continue to fight.

Trump’s allies say they expect a backlash against Republicans who cross Trump on impeachment, noting that the president’s campaign raised more than $200 million in the months after the election that could act as a well-funded super PAC to unleash on dissenters.

One source close to the White House said they believe the civil unrest, and the widespread anger directed at Trump in the aftermath, make it more likely that he will be involved in the GOP's 2022 primaries.

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