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It's worth pointing out that Trump is not a 'leader' in the normal, political sense of the term, and his power doesn't lie in typical sociopolitical authority. Trump is (to borrow someone else's analogy) the Golden Idol that a certain segment of American society bows down to. They carry him before them as an icon and cry out that he is their leader, but ...


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Donald Trump's influence on the Republican Party remains very strong because the vast majority of Republican-leaning voters remain convinced that Donald Trump did not lose the election. (For example, this report on a post January 6 poll had three quarters of Republican leaning voters not thinking Biden had won the election. Poll after poll have shown similar ...


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The article you linked to provides a pretty good explanation, directly from Reed Galen, a strategist for the group: He said that for the most part, Republican dissent has been weak and that GOP lawmakers have been silent as Trump ran up the debt, ordered the police to move on peaceful protesters outside the White House and declined to challenge Russian ...


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Primaries, primaries, primaries. While David's answer is correct, any Trump run in 2024 would also remobilize the never-Trumpers so the overall advantage is uncertain. However the US POTUS, and Congress, elections require candidates to first get past the hurdle of the most partisan voters of their party, be it Dem or Rep. Right now, most really, really, ...


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Most of the Republican portion of the Senate are objecting to the second Impeachment trial as unconstitutional because it is taking place after Trump has left office. They contend that because Trump is no longer the President he cannot be tried for impeachment by the Senate. The Senate appears to have actually voted twice on this issue. Initially on Jan 26th,...


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Putting the answer jamesqf wrote in a comment into words. Trump has so much power over the Republican party because the Republican voter base loves him. Remember, ultimately in a democracy, it is what the voter base votes for that becomes reality. Regardless of whether a politician is currently elected or not, they (in principle) need to do what their voters ...


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Why another impeachment vote at the Senate? The Senate typically holds multiple votes regarding an impeachment, two at a very minimum. The Senate, with responsibility typically delegated to the Senate Rules Committee, makes up its own rules on how to proceed with an upcoming impeachment trial. The Senate as a whole then votes on the rules of the trial. ...


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Because he represents more Anti-Left than supporting traditional Right policies. I as a foreigner , have wondered this myself. Trump is very far from traditional right in terms of policies. Conservatism is usually divided into three items. Stability, religious morality, and conservative spending. He spent a lot more than many presidents and wasn't really ...


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Much is due simply to him wanting to. Any ex-leader could pull the spotlight, but everyone else chooses not to for the good of the party. Any President is automatically the head of the party. A popular former president still has a great deal of influence as far as endorsements. Even a former candidate such as Hillary Clinton or Mitt Romney matters as someone ...


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Some die-hard QAnon believers have come up with ways to keep believing, e.g. by claiming that Trump is not only still secretly president, he's also executing enemies of the state by hanging, or by claiming that Kamala Harris didn't actually swear on a Bible during her inauguration, hence she's not actually vice-president. Others are losing faith, and leaving ...


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