The marriage of convenience between President Trump and the Republican establishment ended in a nasty divorce on Wednesday, culminating in Vice President Mike Pence being ushered away as angry Trump supporters stormed the Capitol during a joint session of Congress convened to certify the Electoral College results.
“I am absolutely appalled by what the president has allowed some of his supporters to do,” said a Republican strategist who has been supportive of Trump.
Trump’s efforts to overturn the outcome of the presidential election broke his fragile relationship with the GOP governing class that only reluctantly and warily embraced him following his romp through the 2016 Republican primaries.
“There will be no going home again,” said a longtime Republican operative in Washington, D.C.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who has served in the upper chamber since the Reagan administration, issued a scathing rebuke of colleagues amplifying Trump’s claims of voter fraud and challenging the results