Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (AP)—In 36 hours after the fatal riots in the U.S. Capitol last week, 112 Republicans reached out to the election office in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to change their party registration . Ethan Demme is one of them.
“Since they started denying the results of the election, I know where things are going,” said Daim, the former Republican chairman of the county who opposed President Donald Trump and is now an independent. “If they keep going, I know I can’t keep going. But if you’ve been a Republican all your life, it will be difficult to jump from a big ship into a small boat.
Officials have seen similar scenes elsewhere.
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Within 48 hours of the U.S. Capitol attack, in Lynn County, Iowa, Cedar Rapids, more than forty-two voters gave up their affiliation with the Republican Party. The election commissioner Joel Miller said that most of them do not join any political party, although a small group of people took the very unusual step of completely canceling registration.
Compared with the 74 million people who voted for President Donald Trump in November, the party’s transformation pales. It is unclear whether they are united in motivation. Some people may reject politics altogether, while others may leave the Republican Party, worrying that the Republican Party’s loyalty to Trump will decrease.
But as the party prepares for the political impact of the riots instigated by Trump, they provide the Republican Party with early signs of turmoil.
Kirk Adams, a former Republican spokesperson for the Arizona House of Representatives, said: “I do think that from the president’s knee defense to’Wow, this is an out of reach bridge, this is a clear transition.”
Adams said he knows several people, including those who were once staunch supporters of Trump, who are changing their registrations. He said it may take several weeks or months to fully understand the full impact of the uprising.
He said: “Thinking is changing.” “But, from’I think the president’s rights and elections were stolen’ to’I guess he was wrong in everything,’ you can’t do it overnight.”
Party registration does not always foresee how voters will actually vote, especially in the next national election nearly two years ago. But party leaders across the country expressed concern that the unrest may have a lasting effect.
After the election, the Republican Party could not bear any slippery slope. Even the record-breaking voter turnout rate of the Republican Party made them lose control of the president and the Senate.
Gary Eichelberger, Commissioner of the Cumberland County Suburbs in Pennsylvania, said: “In this state, I see that the number of parties in the party is increasing, and our number is decreasing.” “If we shrink the party Foundation, we will lose this county.”
Republicans in Washington treated this moment with caution, condemning the riots and offering little defense for Trump. But so far, few people have joined the Democratic Party’s call for impeachment and immediate removal of the president.
Only two Senate Republicans, Lisa Merkowski of Alaska and Patrick Tommy of Pennsylvania, both called on Trump to resign.
Several Republican officials said they were a little disturbed by the party’s instructions at the RNC Winter Conference on Amelia Island, Florida, a few days after the attack. Henry Barbour, a member of the Mississippi RNC, said that the committee is in serious dialogue to fully understand the 2020 election results to determine what is wrong with the party and how to better attract voters.
But Trump still has a lot of influence on the foundation of the Republican Party.
The Quinnipiac poll released on Monday found that about three-quarters of Republicans believed Trump’s false statement that there was widespread voter fraud in the November election, which was at Trump’s urging. A large number of supporters went to Congress as they were and triggered an attack on the Capitol. Set to guarantee the victory of President-elect Biden.
Seven out of ten Republicans approve of Trump’s presidency, compared to 89% in Quinnipiac’s December poll.
“When you love President Trump, you love President Trump,” said Nevada RNC committee member Michele Fiore. “We support him wholeheartedly. We know that he did not cause the chaos that occurred in Washington, DC on January 6.”
Soon after the election, Rae Chornenky resigned as chairman of the Republican Party in Maricopa County, Arizona, due to a power struggle with people in the state’s regime who claimed that large-scale election fraud. She said she thinks the president still has an iron fist at the party’s grassroots level.
Cornanki said: “They just believe that this is a stolen election, and they will not give up this position.” Hornanki told Trump, “He will become a driving force for the Republican Party.”
The 2022 midterm elections may test this. Former Representative Ryan Costello strongly considered running for an open seat in the Senate of Pennsylvania and becoming a Republican. As a long-time critic of Trump, he believes that the time is ripe to clearly oppose Trump’s Republican candidate.
Costello said: “For this, we need people who are willing to lose races and lose political campaigns.” “We need to develop campaigns about party cleansing. Sometimes it’s impossible to dance around landmines. Sometimes you just need to jump in. Up.”
Beaumont reported from Des Moines, Iowa and Riccardi. Associated Press writer, Summer Palentin, Columbia, Missouri; Scott Bauer, Madison, Wisconsin; Hannah Fingerhut, Washington; Ryan J. Foley, Iowa, Iowa; Steve People in New York; Julie Carr Smyth of Columbus, Ohio contributed to this report.