All it took was for Americans to storm the Capitol building and get Congressmen terrified for their lives for the Republican Party to take a long hard look at its relationship with Donald Trump.
With President Trump rejecting any responsibility for the violence that occurred, several Republicans have said they will join Democrats to impeach him on Wednesday and formally charge him with inciting insurrection.
The third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives, Liz Cheney, has vowed to back impeachment, saying that ‘The President summoned this mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack. There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.’
Three other Republican House members, John Katko, Adam Kinzinger and Fred Upton have all said they would vote for impeachment. In addition to this, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who is a noted Trump ally, has said he will not ask rank and file members of the party to vote against the measure.
And in news that will surely be a big blow for Trump, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell is apparently considering lending his support to the proceedings. If he does so, that will be a huge blow to Trump, and may likely spell the end of his time in office.
Whilst, there are concerns about whether impeachment will actually happen-due to the need for a 2/3rds majority in the Senate to achieve conviction- it is clear that the fact that this is being considered has shaken Trump and shows just how seriously everyone has taken the attempt on the Capitol.
Maybe the Republicans have finally found their balls.