Got his back … Trump’s iron grip on the GOP – inside the 19 February Guardian Weekly

Will DeanWed, 17 February 2021, 9:00 am

Donald Trump left office in disgrace a month ago as the first US president to be impeached twice. The carnage unleashed by his supporters at the US Capitol on 6 January seemed like the final nail in his reputational and political coffin but last week after a rapid impeachment process and trial only seven Republicans voted to convict Trump for inciting the protests. Those who did vote against him rapidly faced the ire of the GOP base. It suggests that however much senior Republicans want him to go away, Trump remains in command of the party. Perhaps they shouldn’t have cleared the way for him to run again in 2024 … ?