Today is the day supporters of President Donald J. Trump have been waiting for. January 6 is the day Congress will gather in a joint session to decide whether the votes of the electors from each state will be accepted.
And it marks the third significant pro-Trump rally in Washington D.C. since the election. Law enforcement in the nation’s capital expects a bigger crowd than either of the first two events.
D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser already requested help from the National Guard.
Protestors and rallygoers alike have been warned if they carry a gun in a protest or within 1,000 feet of a protest, they’ll be charged with a crime.
I have talked with dozens of Trump supporters the last month or so. And they make one thing clear:
If this election isn’t corrected, no election after this will matter.
In essence, if Trump is not declared the winner of the 2020 Presidential Election, they have zero faith in the electoral process moving forward.
Now, to be sure, I’m sure Democrats would share the same sentiment if Biden wasn’t declared the winner.
There is a lot on the line during today’s joint session.
The one I’d like to focus on is the fact that if Republicans do not stand up for Trump, they risk abandoning the millions of voters Trump turned out who typically did not participate in our electoral process.
This is obviously dangerous.
President Trump, like him or not, grew his base. Refusing to stand up and fight for him now will make those casual voters return to the days where they may not always vote because, in their mind, their vote doesn’t count anyway.
But that is the overwhelming, most consistent thing I’ve heard from Trump supporters.
And every single one of them is convinced that President Trump won the general election.
Look, let’s be honest, the GOP establishment is not interested in dying on any hill for Trump. Many establishment Republicans would have stabbed Trump in the back the first chance they got if he weren’t so popular with the GOP’s base.
Voters are watching. They are watching carefully.
They will be as loyal to the GOP members of Congress as those members of Congress are to President Trump.
This could have a crippling effect on the future of the Republican Party.
And if it does, the GOP will deserve it.