Four years after Trump was elected, Republicans have now lost the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Trump has signaled his plans to remain a force in the GOP, but now the party must decide whether to continue embracing the ousted president or finally move on. Over the course of his presidency, Trump portrayed every issue as a personal loyalty test and few Republicans challenged him that were still seeking to continue their political career.
“I don’t think there’s any question about that,” said Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), when asked if it was time to move on from Trump. “Our identity for the past several years has been built around an individual and we got to get back to where it’s built around a set of of ideas and principles and policies. And I’m sure those conversations will be held, but it needs to happen pretty soon.”
But the plan to object to the certification of the Electoral College was too much for many in the GOP. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), a former chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz, acknowledged that his move against Trump “may well sign my political death warrant. So be it.” The speech earned him applause from his Democratic colleagues.