Rob Portman, GOP Senator from Ohio, announced he would not seek re-election in 2022, and Trump-loyal Republicans are already looking to reach the full MAGA and nominate one of the shamed ex-president's true believers, Rep. Jim Jordan.
According to the New York Times, Republicans in Buckeye state believe that running a candidate closely linked to Trump offers them the best chance of holding that Senate seat.
The Times reports, "The overwhelming consensus among Republicans in Ohio is that a Trump-focused candidate would be best positioned to win a competitive Senate primary, and no potential candidate is better placed than Mr. Trump's voters in the state the representative Jim Jordan. He was the main defender of Mr Trump during his first impeachment trial and received the President's Medal of Freedom in the final days of his tenure. "
Rep. Jordan is, of course, one of the dozen Republican Republicans in Congress who brought up Trump's big lie about the theft of elections, which ultimately led to the MAGA attack on the US Capitol earlier this month.
The Republican Party is still thoroughly infected with Trumpism
The embrace of Trump traders like Jim Jordan, a man firmly anchored in the party's extremist MAGA wing, shows how thoroughly the GOP is infected with Trumpism.
As Conservative commentator Charlie Sykes said Monday, the fact that more established Republicans like Rob Portman are leaving the political scene is an indication that the GOP is going to get more extreme, not less, in the near future.
“Do you know what we might see in a few years? We could look at Senator Lara Trump from North Carolina, Kelli Ward is the Republican candidate in Arizona, Jim Jordan is the Republican candidate in Ohio, ”Sykes said. "You get a feel for where this Republican Party is going right now?"
Charlie Sykes says Donald Trump may not be in the White House, but the GOP is still thoroughly infected with Trumpism. pic.twitter.com/gP61dSkvOZ
– PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) January 26, 2021
Donald Trump may be from the White House, but the party he left behind still proudly carries the insurgent MAGA torch forward.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.