Feb 5, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Trump: "Our country is going to hell!"

Former President Trump throws a hat to the crowd at a rally at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Jan. 29 in Conroe, Texas. Photo: Sergio Flores/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A single day's events made clear the new GOP litmus tests: Is Joe Biden the lawfully elected president, and was Jan. 6 an insurrection?

Why it matters: The correct answer is often "no" to both if you want to win a contested GOP primary or make a serious 2024 play. A full-throated "yes" gets you censured or defeated.

Driving the news: The following was said and done on Friday:

  • The Republican National Committee censured GOP Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) — once considered among the most conservative members in all of Congress — and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) for their membership on the House committee probing the Jan. 6 violence at the U.S. Capitol.
  • Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) thundered on Twitter: "Shame falls on a party that would censure persons of conscience, who seek truth in the face of vitriol."
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence rebuked former President Trump, saying he was "wrong" to claim the VP had power and obligation to overturn the election results certified by the states.
  • Trump put out his own statement hours later, rebuking Pence for rebuking him, and closed with his take on the state of America: "[O]ur Country is going to hell!"
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