Increasingly abandoned and isolated, will Trump burn it all down?

It’s no coincidence that Trump’s unfavorable ratings are spiking in June, as the Jan. 6 committee blankets the media with shocking stories of just how closely Trump stage-managed last year’s attempt to overturn a free and fair election. And it’s clear Americans are listening: More than 20 million Americans tuned in to the first week of hearings. As Trump would say, the ratings have been yuge…

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Republicans are growing increasingly comfortable putting public distance between themselves and Trump. That’s bad news for the MAGA movement, which may soon find itself consumed by an internal power struggle as DeSantis, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and others vie to replace a declining Trump as the spiritual head of the right.

It’s also devastating for Trump, who has governed his Republican squires through fear and domination since taking over the party in 2016. Without the intimidation factor so central to Trump’s hold on power, influential Trump critics such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may seize the opportunity to deepen the break with the rapidly toxifying Trump. If that happens, Republicans will face an enraged, burn-it-all-down Trump in the run-up to the 2024 elections. That may be beleaguered Democrats’ best hope of returning Joe Biden to the White House.

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