Sunday, September 24, 2023

There Are Some Republicans with the Guts to Challenge Trump: Let's Give Them Some Credit

At first glance the entire Republican party is a cult of one thanks to the gutless majority of members who are afraid to get in the ring with Trump.

The good news is there's actually some Republicans willing to stand up and challenge Trump's lies and his culture of corruption. I know. They're a minority right now but that is slowly changing as events make Trump more vulnerable to attack.

I'd say 91 felony counts (and counting) in four different jurisdictions is not a positive sign but rather an opening... especially if he gets convicted in even two of the cases. 

That's a conservative guess. If our court systems hold up, he'll be convicted in all four trials. Running a campaign from jail is a no-starter in any general election.

Here's a look at Republicans who are standing up to Trump along with others moving in that direction:

Editor's Note - I'm not endorsing any of the following Republicans. This is just a simple a list of resisters making news.

* Chris Cristie

Right now, Cristie is leading the charge against Trump and spends every moment attacking him while running for president. 

Easily the most outspoken of Trump's opponents, Cristie's verbal assaults seem to be motivating other Republicans to grow a spine.

* Mitt Romney

The elder statesman has decided to retire because he no longer recognizes the current version of the Republican party. He's been consistent in his efforts to hold Trump accountable for his crimes since he voted to impeach Trump twice.

His exit from the party will be a loss and another sign that real Republicans with values are leaving their elected positions because of the chaos in Congress.

Here's two other Republicans who've opposed Trump during their time in office who are also retiring because of disillusionment with the party:

* Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger

Both members have voted for both of Trump's impeachments and were active on the Jan. 6 Committee exposing his crimes and his attempt to overthrow the 2020 election.

Needless to say, they'll be missed for their courage and honesty. They've chosen to retire rather than be associated with a cult. 

Former Republican Lawmakers Against Trump

* George W. Bush, former President

* Dick Cheney, former Vice-President

* Bill Barr, former Attorney General

* John Bolton, former National Security Advisor

* Mark Esper, former Secretary of Defense

* Nikki Haley, former Ambassador to the United Nations, and currently running for president against Trump.

* Mick Mulvaney, former White House Chief of Staff.

* Rex Tillerson, former Secretary of State.

For the sake of space that's all I'm going to list here. There are many more Republicans who do oppose Trump but they're still a minority.

As it stands, here's a link of Republican Voters Against Trump. The website features Republicans, former Republicans, conservatives, and former Trump voters who won't support him for president in 2024.

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