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Politics McCarthy puts political hopes above democracy with Trump pilgrimage

08:00  16 july  2021
08:00  16 july  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy's new pilgrimage to Donald Trump shows there is no price a party that has slipped its moral moorings and given up on democracy will not pay for power.

Kevin McCarthy, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: Then-President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019 as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy looks on. © Alex Wong/Getty Images Then-President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019 as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy looks on.

His trip to the ex-President's New Jersey golf resort on Thursday came with Washington in shock over new revelations about Trump's crazed last days in office and his refusal to leave office peacefully after a clear election defeat. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, for instance, feared Trump might try to seize control of the military to stage a coup, according to a forthcoming book by two Washington Post reporters.

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The House minority leader's fresh lavishing on Trump of the loyalty that he craves also came as the former commander in chief continues to tarnish faith in American democracy with false and desperate claims of mass voter fraud and as McCarthy is considering whom to appoint to the House select committee meant to investigate the January 6 insurrection Trump incited.

With this in mind, it's hard to see McCarthy's gesture as anything but acceptance of Trump's unique attempt to destroy the US political system and his autocratic tendencies. That the purpose of the visit was to discuss the midterm elections and party fundraising also suggests that McCarthy plans to build a 2022 campaign on Trump's insurrectionist record.

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For Trump, there will be no political cost for multiple abuses of power. Quite the opposite, as he seeks to rehabilitate his reputation ahead of a possible 2024 presidential run that would itself be constructed on his "Big Lie" that the election was stolen from him.

"I enjoyed meeting with President Trump today," McCarthy said in a statement after the meeting. "We had a productive conversation regarding House Republicans' record fundraising, upcoming Congressional special elections, and the latest work being carried out to target vulnerable Democrats." The California Republican added that he looked forward to working together as the midterms approach.

Encapsulating the strange political universe that McCarthy now inhabits, he left Trump's side for an evening at the White House with President Joe Biden -- who his patron denies was legitimately elected. Biden's guest of honor, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was one of the foreign leaders Trump most disdains.

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McCarthy's earlier comments left little doubt that Trump's legacy will be on the ballot in 2022 and even that the House GOP leader believes that bolstering Trump's false claims of fraud is necessary for his own route to power.

Yet McCarthy is also taking a risk by pinning his own political dreams so firmly on Trump -- and not just because of the ex-President's capacity to alienate more moderate, suburban voters. Given Trump's aura within the House GOP ranks, the minority leader is committing himself to any extreme tactics the former President may dictate in the months ahead. Any deviation from Trump's course could potentially weaken McCarthy's position in the House GOP conference as he works to build support to be elected as speaker if his party wins a majority next year. His fate is now in the hands of an ex-President who has a record of discarding political allies when they are no longer useful.

It's notable that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell -- while avoiding outright confrontations with Trump and indulging his base -- has made no effort whatsoever to reach out to a former President whom he sees as a liability.

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New evidence of Trump's threat

The Trump-McCarthy relationship -- repaired when the California lawmaker paid homage to the leader of the GOP in political exile at Mar-a-Lago in January -- says everything about the modern Republican Party.

Someone vying to be speaker might, in a normal political world, be expected to protect the infrastructure of American political freedoms -- like free elections, the sanctity of the US Capitol itself and democratic governance.

Yet McCarthy met Trump again following the release in recent days of horrific new footage of the former President's supporters invading the Capitol and attacking police officers. Hours before McCarthy arrived in Bedminster, new disclosures emerged about how the top generals in the Pentagon had settled on a strategy of rolling resignations in order to protect the rule of law and democracy if Trump attempted a coup.

By continuing to treat the ex-President as the de facto leader of the GOP despite such abuses of power and offenses against fact, McCarthy is leaving a strong impression that his political hopes take priority over the integrity of the US political system.

In meeting the ex-President, McCarthy might be reflecting the preferences of the overwhelmingly pro-Trump base of the GOP. And given the power of the ex-President among that bloc, he is probably making a shrewd if transactional political calculation about the best way to win the House back next year.

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But he's also ignoring one of the key functions of the legislative branch: holding the presidency to account.

He is, after all, mulling whom to nominate from the GOP ranks to the select committee on the January 6 insurrection.

After the attack on the Capitol, McCarthy said the ex-President bore responsibility. But as the reality of Trump's undiminished grip on the Republican base became clear, he soon changed his tune.

He has already genuflected once to Trump on the issue -- derailing a bipartisan House compromise on an independent commission to investigate the assault on the Capitol.

A source familiar with the meeting on Thursday insisted neither the insurrection nor the committee came up. But it would be no surprise if the House Republican leader now selects lawmakers to Trump's taste who might turn panel hearings into the kind of partisan televised circus the ex-President will enjoy, which would further hamper a national accounting of the outrage.

McCarthy also showed he was the ex-President's man by presiding over the toppling of Wyoming's Rep. Liz Cheney from the third-ranking House Republican leadership post after she told the truth about January 6 and repeatedly denounced Trump's election lies.

McCarthy's refusal to forswear his relationship with Trump and his decision to repair it is the latest troubling sign that vast swaths of the Republican Party have turned their backs on the standards and obligations of democracy.

The attempts by McCarthy and McConnell to prevent a bipartisan commission -- as has happened after major national disasters like the 9/11 attacks and President John Kennedy's assassination -- do not just shield the abuses of power of the former President, they also preclude a major national reckoning on events that shook America's democracy and the establishing of agreed-upon facts necessary to make an accounting for history.

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"This is what I find very disturbing about Mr. McCarthy visiting Mr. Trump," said Timothy Snyder, a professor of history at Yale University and author of the book "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century."

"That's all about strategy, that's all about tactics, that's all about confusion. What we need is to lay down what actually happened. Every American should be able to agree about that," Snyder told CNN's Ana Cabrera on Thursday. "It's just inappropriate for someone in McCarthy's position to be consulting with a private citizen, which is what Mr. Trump is, about these matters."

McCarthy's contortions

As McCarthy plots his route to winning control of the House in 2022, it might seem strange that he would take advice from Trump. After all, in just four years in office, Trump managed to preside over the loss of the House and the Senate and to become the first President in nearly 30 years to be ejected from office after a single term. He also managed the disastrous historical distinction of being impeached twice and never cracked a 50% approval rating.

But the GOP, as it operates under the shadow of Trump's personality cult, is no longer a normal party -- and for better or worse has hitched its future appeal and political prospects to his political star.

McCarthy's attendance at the White House was an odd but politically loaded quirk of his schedule.

It meant that within a couple of hours, the California Republican was in the presence of a German chancellor, who grew up under tyranny in East Germany, and the autocratic figurehead and scourge of democracy of his own party, who, according to the new book by the two Washington Post reporters, once referred to the guest of honor as "that b - - - h."

in Mecca, a large pilgrimage strictly framed .
© AP - Amr Nabil All pilgrims come from Saudi Arabia and have been vaccinated against CVIV-19. The controls are frequent and offenders are exposed to heavy fines. The great Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca begins this Saturday, July 17th. This year, only 60,000 pilgrims from Saudi Arabia have been allowed to go to the holy city. The esplanade surrounding Kaaba, the most saint of Islam, will only welcome a handful of faithful this year.

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