The impeachment hearings of former U.S. President Donald Trump may have negative consequences for his relationship with the “establishment” Republican Party of the United States. Rob Singh, a professor at Birkbeck (University of London), shared this opinion with Lenta.ru.
“They will consider him (privately, even if they don’t talk about it publicly) more of a political liability than ever, someone who does serious damage to the ‘brand’ of the Republican Party, making it difficult to win elections,” he said. At the same time, the expert recalled that recent opinion polls show that 80 percent of Republican Party supporters still support Trump, which means that their sentiments will not be fundamentally affected by the Senate hearings.
At the same time, Singh warned that recent events pose a risk of “normalization” of impeachment in the United States. “Each party may begin to believe that it has the legal right to launch impeachment proceedings against a president from the other party instead of using that weapon for truly egregious or extreme examples of presidential misconduct,” he explained.
More broadly, recent events have only further exacerbated the blind allegiance to party interests and the extreme polarization of society. According to the political scientist, the Republican Party is likely to establish itself as a populist, nationalist and opposition force. This, in turn, would prompt the Democrats to abandon any, even exemplary, attempts at cross-party cooperation – instead, they would simply run the country as they saw fit.
“The much-anticipated ‘unity’ that Biden called for during his inauguration is, by and large, over before it even began,” the expert concluded.
On Feb. 13, 57 senators voted to impeach Trump, with 43 opposed. The indictment required 67 votes out of 100. Thus, the initiative did not get the necessary number of votes. The Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump.