There Will be No GOP Civil War | Opinion

Various left-wing writers have been salivating over the prospects of a GOP civil war.

Nothing would make them happier than the Republicans tearing each other apart in a fight over President Donald Trump and the future of the GOP.

However, that will not happen.

It is a sign of how self-delusional the anti-Trump forces are that they could look at the House vote on impeaching President Trump (the second time) and convince themselves it was the harbinger of a civil war.

House Republicans split 197-10 against Pelosi's second impeachment effort.

Only in the delusional world of the Left could a vote in which 197 people were on one side and only 10 were on the other be described as the beginning of a civil war.

The gap between Washington's delusional view of the world and reality was further emphasized in John Mclaughlin's poll of voters in 17 swing states. Mclaughlin discovered that in these battleground states 80 percent of Trump voters and 76 percent of all Republicans were less likely to vote for a congressional member who voted to impeach President Trump. Some 48 percent of all voters said the same.

The rejection of the second impeachment extended beyond the GOP in this battleground survey. It was seen as a waste of time by 60 percent of the voters. In fact, 65 percent of all voters thought the Democrats were "making this worse and keeping the country divided."

Almost three-quarters of Americans felt that Democratic efforts to impeach President Trump after he left office would be a politically motivated attempt to keep him from running again.

The Left is using the attack on the Capitol (which I have consistently condemned, calling for the perpetrators to be put in jail) as an excuse to try to destroy the conservative movement in America.

It is about to discover how powerful more than 74 million Americans can be.

Steve Scalise, Kevin McCarthy, Liz Cheney
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (C), US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R), Republican of California, Republican of Louisiana, and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (L), Republican of Wyoming, hold a press conference about the House response to COVID-19, known as coronavirus, outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, April 22, 2020. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty

The dramatic drop in stock prices for Twitter and Facebook (which have lost a combined $51 billion in market value after banning Trump) are early warnings that arrogant companies that think they can bully the American people may be running big financial risks.

If a conservative social media platform springs up, it will financially cripple the seemingly invulnerable internet giants, cost their founders a lot of money and further drive the United States into a tribalized society in which the social media you use defines who you are.

It is more likely that the 74 million-plus Americans who voted for President Trump—despite four years of vilification and hatred from the Left—will learn to adopt the cultural-social tools of the Left than that they will surrender and submit to a tyranny of bullies.

When Marriott announced it would cut off donations to pro-Trump Republicans, it risked 74 million Americans deciding to find somewhere else to stay. When Nike uses slave labor courtesy of the Chinese Communist dictatorship, it risks millions of Americans seeking an alternative shoe. When Google, Amazon and Apple conspire to apply ideological tests for the apps they carry, they may find they've created a niche for competition. The list goes on.

The Democrats, with the aggressiveness of their behavior in Washington, are rapidly erasing any doubt conservative Americans had about the party's radicalism.

When Speaker Pelosi eliminated House Republicans' right to offer an amendment in the vote on House Rules—on the first day of the new Congress—every Republican understood it as a declaration of war on Kevin McCarthy and the leadership team that gained seats in 2020 when it was supposed to lose them. Pelosi and her left-wing allies know full well their power is tied to seven shaky seats. They also know it is likely the Republicans will win the House in 2022. Their radical actions are in part a desperate effort to impose their ideology before they lose control.

When the House Democrats in their first vote on the House Rules eliminated "mother," "father," "brother," "sister" and more than two dozen gender-specific words from the House Rules document, they showed their commitment to a radical Left which does not represent most Americans.

Any tension within the Republican Party will rapidly be replaced by anger at left-wing Democratic efforts to bully, ostracize and intimidate Americans who refuse to go along with their ideologically driven reinterpretation of America.

The efforts by the Democrats will rapidly overshadow any lingering anger Americans feel toward President Trump. The 965,000-person spike in unemployment (well above the projected 800,000) is a warning that the Biden economy will find it impossible to match the Trump economy. The Biden announcement of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package is a further reminder of how deep our troubles are—both in health and in economic terms.

Any thought of a Republican civil war will similarly be overshadowed by a conservative and moderate revulsion against the Democratic Party's drive to the left—and desperate efforts to rig the game so they can't lose future elections (such as the attempt to make Washington D.C. a state to gain two Democratic senators).

The supposed GOP civil war is wishful thinking by liberals in D.C. and the media—nothing more.

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