Trump has no loyalties and nothing is ever his fault, so he will eventually find a way to blame his loss on the GOP apparatus. — Linette Lopez, Opinion Columnist, Business Insider
Trump has no loyalties and nothing is ever his fault, so he will eventually find a way to blame his loss on the GOP apparatus. — Linette Lopez, Opinion Columnist, Business Insider
If the GOP doesn't quit its Trump addiction it'll suck the life out of American democracy
  • The longer the GOP holds on to Trump, the longer he will be able to damage to our democracy.
  • Yes he wins elections for the party, but he also refuses to lose them. Plus Trump's main tools for staying in power are mendacity, corruption and grievance politics.
  • Eventually the GOP will have to decide if it will allow him to retain influence within its ranks, supporting candidates who owe their loyalty to him and follow the tenets of Trumpism.
  • In the meantime Trump will continue poisoning our democracy, spreading lies that erode trust in our system, and making millions of Americans feel like this isn't the country they know.
The transcripts of the Trump campaign's appearances in various state courts — which are very clearly annoying judges in courts across the country — would be funny if they weren't such a waste of time and if Trump's attack on democracy weren't so hazardous. He has no path to reclaim the presidency.

And yet, high-ranking Republicans in Congress and the administration are going along with Trump's delusional attempts to stay in power. And the only reason the Republican establishment won't break with the president's fantasy is because they are addicted to Trumpism and the way it turns out voters. Winning is a high.

This addiction puts the entire country in a precarious situation. As long as the GOP relies on Trumpism to win elections it will be anti-democratic leech on our system, draining it of trust and poisoning our political discourse.

Consider the damage he is doing now. Despite the fact that election officials from both parties across the country keep saying this election was fair, Trump keeps casting doubt on the electoral process and his followers believe him. ... Now that he has been voted out of the White House it is the GOP that will decide if Trump will continue dividing the country into white and non-white, Republican and Democrat, urban versus rural. In the meantime 80 million Americans will wait for the Republican Party to admit it has a problem. That's the first step to recovery.