So as expected, Trump tried to declare himself president on election night, and called all efforts to count the whole vote fraudulent. The GOP has been completely sycophantic to all his authoritarian desires up until now, but they’ve been very quiet since election day, usually giving easy statements like “we should obey the law and follow the results of the election”
These weak legal challenges that Trump is trying to use to dismiss or invalidate votes have been at the behest of his personal legal squad including Guliani, not the best lawyers the GOP has to offer.
If the GOP thought that Trump could/would win, they’d be right there with him screaming about fraud, sending their best lawyers to help him steal the election, etc. They’re abandoning him because they’re willing to jump ship the moment it starts taking on water. It won’t be too long before you’ll hear them all declaring that they were all secretly never-Trumpers all along.
Trump’s family has been sending out tweets asking where the help is, and begging them to have some backbone and help Trump try to steal the election. I think it’s clear that Trump is shocked and disillusioned that the Republicans aren’t helping him make his dictator dreams come true.
Here’s the thing: Trump is not going to go away, despite his laughable promises to the contrary if he lost. He’s going to be loud and influential going forward. He has tens of millions of cultists that feel more loyal to him personally than to the republican party. If he feels as though he has been slighted by the republicans - and he is a man that MASSIVELY overreacts to being slighted and holds grudges to the death - he very well may try to burn down the GOP just to spite them for their lack of support of him. He could try to influence his cult to try to take over the GOP, or fight against the republicans that he viewed as betraying him, or all sorts of other potential routes that would damage the republican party.
No previous president had as much personal loyalty to him as people did to their party, and no previous president was so volatile, vindictive, and childish that they’ve tried to take down their own party from within out of petty revenge. This is uncharted territory. If Trump feels slighted by the republicans, he could manufacture a great schism that threatens to tear the party apart.
… and of course I desperately hope this happens. Nothing would be more appropriate and more just than having Trump sink the republican party.