President Trump is leaving office rejected by key Republicans in Washington and elsewhere but with loyal grassroots conservatives poised to back him for the White House again in 2024 — despite his incitement of the violent siege of the United States Capitol.
Prominent Republicans aligned with Trump the past four years, including members of his administration, broke with the outgoing president after he encouraged supporters to march on the Capitol and derail certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Trump’s defiant attempt to pressure congressional Republicans to ignore the Constitution and overturn his loss in the Nov. 3 election failed. Biden’s win was affirmed after the violence subsided in an early Thursday morning vote.
The episode triggered a wave of White House resignations and rebukes from Republicans on Capitol Hill. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, resigned. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Trump ally and likely 2024 contender, said on Fox