‘Traitors and patriots’: Republican push to keep Trump in power seems doomed

‘Traitors and patriots’: Republican push to keep Trump in power seems doomed

All 12 Republican senators who have pledged not to ratify the electoral college results on Wednesday, and thereby refuse to confirm Joe Biden’s resounding victory over Donald Trump in the presidential election, declined to defend their move on television, a CNN host said on Sunday.

“It all recalls what Ulysses S Grant once wrote in 1861,” Jake Tapper said to camera on his show, State of the Union, before quoting a letter the union general wrote at the outset of a civil war he won before becoming president himself: ‘There are [but] two parties now: traitors and patriots.’

“How would you describe the parties today?” Tapper asked.

The attempt to overturn Trump’s defeat seems doomed to fail, essentially a piece of political theatre mounted by party grandees eager to court supporters loyal to the president before, in some cases, mounting their own runs for the White House.

Nonetheless on Saturday Ted Cruz of Texas and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin led a slate of 11 senators and senators-elect in calling for “an emergency 10-day audit” of results in states in which the president continues to claim mass electoral fraud, despite failing to provide evidence and repeatedly losing in court.