More importantly, Trump's movement remains strong. What's not clear is that it remains inside the Republican Party -- or the GOP since it has formerly existed.
While Trump's second impeachment was in the home, 10 Republicans doesn't indicate a wide repudiation. And it is people who struck him who are now fearing for their jobs as well as their physical safety in the last days of the Trump presidency.
The newest Washington Post poll out Friday morning reveals broad public support for holding Trump accountable for a week's siege at the Capitol. But 60% of Republicans say that they want their party to follow Trump's leadership, with just one in three preferring a brand new direction.
Among those who approve of Trump's project performance, a startling one in five -- 19% -- support people who dared the Capitol. Two-thirds of Republicans think the president has behaved responsibly since the election.
It points to a Trump-backing base that's feeding off different information sources and functioning under different criteria entirely than even their fellow Republicans, to say nothing of independents or Democrats.
Corporate leaders are signaling a rest from elected leaders who have collaborated Trump's lies. One Republican House member who supported impeachment advised this week that he expects that the MAGA movement becomes a third party.
That might actually be a win-win situation for a number of Republicans. Trumpism will definitely outlast Trump -- and it isn't looking like a force that wishes to be controlled.
Once more President-elect Joe Biden Tuesday sounded like a man eager to flip away a page from the Trump administration and away from divisions in his own party.
Throughout his pitch for a massive economic relief and COVID"rescue" bill, Biden failed to mention impeachment, but did use language which on event sounded very progressive.
"My fellow Americans, the decisions we make in the next few weeks and months are going to determine whether we flourish in a way that benefits all Americans, or that we remain stuck in a location where people in the top do great while economic growth for most everyone else is only a spectator sport, and also at which American prospects dim, not brighten," Biden said during his speech.
His brand new, expensive $1.9 trillion proposition calls for more than $1 trillion to be paid out in the form of direct $1,400 checks to Americans, and $160 billion for a nationwide vaccination and expanded testing plan, $170 billion to go towards hopefully reopening schools, $30 billion in rental and crucial electricity and water help, and much more.
Knowing full well this is much more of an opening bid, Biden made an aggressive initial offer and known to several Democratic policy priorities also during his speech like a $15 minimum wage and guaranteed paid sick leave for workers.
Nothing in his address indicated he was intentionally attempting to pivot away from the national conversation on impeachment, but rather it seemed like a call for Congress to struggle on all fronts and continue to prioritize people damaging in this pandemic.
The day after Biden assumes the presidency, a new leadership group also takes the reins at the Democratic National Committee, an entity which despite significant financial woes at the beginning of the cycle was able to win combined management of Washington, D.C.
In picking Jaime Harrison as the next DNC chair -- the fundraising starlet who fell short in his bid to unseat GOP Sen. along with Trump acolyte Lindsey Graham -- Biden is appearing both back at how he won the presidency and forward to what the party needs to do to solidify its hands on authorities.
Harrison shattered fundraising records in his race against Graham, proving himself as someone who will put the DNC on firmer financial footing, but more importantly for Biden, he hails from the same state as the man perhaps most instrumental in his own path to the Democratic nomination and eventually the presidency: House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn.
The night of his triumph in the South Carolina primary, Biden explained Clyburn as"my friend who raised me and this effort on his shoulders." Now, nearly a year after, it's Biden's turn to lift up the guy who had Clyburn's blessing to lead the Democratic Party into the future.