Well, the battle is over, Lisa, and Donald Trump won. It is Donald Trump’s party.
There are some strugglers who have continued to speak out against the president, as you pointed to Congresswoman Cheney. But they are a very rare commodity right now. Many of them are already facing primary challenges.
Many of them are — there aren’t that many, but the ones who are there are — could lose their primaries or get redrawn out of their districts in redistricting. And we saw, most recently, there was a special election this weekend in Texas to fill a Republican seat, not an overwhelmingly Republican seat, but still a Republican-leaning district outside of Dallas.
Donald Trump’s endorsed candidate did take the most votes. The candidate who was campaigning as the never-Trumper, who had gotten support from Congressman Adam Kinzinger, who, as we know, also voted for impeachment, has been outspoken about the Republican Party moving beyond Donald Trump, that candidate got 3 percent.
So I think it’s pretty clear that this is a party now that has decided to line up behind President Trump. The only question is what happens in 2022, especially in these battleground districts, where Trump may endorse a candidate, and you may see Democrats using that endorsement against them in a general election, right?
It may work in a primary. It’s good to have the endorsement of Donald Trump in a primary if you’re Republican, but it may not be a great badge to wear in a state that’s leaning more blue.