Saturday’s rally in Iowa, although, was totally different. This one was attended by longtime Iowa US Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Iowa Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Ashley Hinson, and different mainstream Republican officers. A few of these exact same folks, who simply 9 months in the past had been slamming Trump for his position within the Capitol riots, had been now solely too comfortable to be seen supporting him. That is politics at its worst — and at its most harmful for our democracy.
Grassley continued bluntly: “There is not any doubt in my thoughts that President Trump’s language was excessive, aggressive, and irresponsible,” sharing his view that each one concerned within the assault — together with Trump — “should take duty for his or her damaging actions that day.”
You do not must be a historian to acknowledge the hazard in a political social gathering exhibiting blind loyalty to at least one particular person. These GOP elected officers simply a number of months in the past rightly criticized Trump and his position within the false election claims that led to the January 6 assault. With their presence at his rally this weekend, it appears they’ve now modified their tune.