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Trump's sway over GOP rapidly melting away as end of his term nears

David Lauter, Los Angeles Times on

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Another of the Republican supporters of impeachment, Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, admitted that he feared the move would “interfere with important legislative business and a new Biden administration.”

“But it is time to say: enough is enough,” he wrote. “The Congress must hold President Trump to account.”

Jordan, who received the presidential medal of freedom from Trump on Monday, made little effort to counter those arguments. Instead, he devoted most of his time to criticizing Democrats for what he labeled their “obsession” with impeaching Trump and warning against what he referred to as left-wing “cancel culture.”

“Democrats have been consistent about one thing -- their endless quest to overturn the 2016 election,” Jordan said.

“Cancel culture,” he added, “will come for us all. That’s what’s frightening.”


His remark drew a quick retort from Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the lead impeachment manager.

“The cancel culture of violent white supremacy tried to cancel out all of our lives last Wednesday,” Raskin said.

A Senate vote against Trump remains uncertain. What is clear is that the events of the past week have done what four previous years could not — shatter Trump’s unquestioned hold over a party that he once conquered, but no longer controls. His future now depends on how rapidly his decline accelerates. He has seven days left.

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