Establishment Republicans thought they finally seized the opportunity to exile Donald Trump.
But then all hell broke loose.
And Donald Trump was red with rage when he found out about this plan to kick him out of the GOP.
Establishment Republicans inside Trump’s Cabinet such as Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao – Mitch McConnell’s wife – resigned after the events of January 6.
Chao and others wanted to advance the corporate media’s false narrative that Trump incited a white supremacist insurrection with his speech to a rally that morning.
The goal of Republicans like Chao who resigned was to build public pressure for Republicans to cut Trump loose so the party could return to having RINOs like Mitt Romney, John McCain and Paul Ryan lead the party to repeated defeats.
Other establishment Republicans like former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo apparently plotted in secret to remove Trump from office and excommunicate Trump from the Republican Party.
According to ABC reporter Jonathan Karl’s new book “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” Mnuchin and Pompeo held a phone call where the two discussed marshalling the Cabinet to remove Trump via the 25th Amendment.
Karl reported that the anti-Trump establishment Republicans that already resigned from the Cabinet meant Mnuchin and Pompeo were short of the votes necessary to remove Trump from office and the idea quickly died.
In an excerpt of Betrayal discussed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Karl detailed how former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the night of Jan. 6 about potentially invoking the 25th amendment on Trump and ousting him from the presidency. Karl reports that the conversation with Pompeo about invoking the 25th amendment was one of several Mnuchin had in the wake of the attack on the Capitol.
According to Karl, the mass resignations among Cabinet members in the aftermath of the riot ultimately thwarted the plan’s momentum.
“It quickly became apparent that the 25th amendment was not going to work,” Karl said on MSNBC. “It would not be quick enough. It would be subject to legal challenges, et cetera.”
Mitch McConnell and other establishment Republicans then floated the idea of joining the Democrats to vote to convict Trump in the Senate’s impeachment trial following January 6.
But that proposed betrayal quickly flamed out when polls showed rank-and-file Republican voters were not willing to go along with the corporate media and Democrats’ claims that Trump tried to overthrow the U.S. government by inciting an insurrection.
Establishment Republicans spent five years looking to get rid of Donald Trump.
Many party elites thought January 6 was their chance.
But not only did they fail to get rid of Trump, polls show that Trump would stand a strong chance of winning re-election if Trump runs again in 2024.
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