Top Republican lawmakers are dismissing questions about former President Donald Trump’s recent vow to “root out” his political opponents, whom he referred to as “vermin” in a Veterans’ Day message.
While some critics have compared Trump’s language to that of 1930s-era fascism, Republican senators like Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio have deflected by referring to past comments made by Democrats, such as Hillary Clinton’s reference to Trump supporters as “deplorables” in 2016.
The Republicans who have commented on the matter seem more focused on downplaying Trump’s rhetoric rather than addressing its historical implications. However, there are a few House Republicans who are willing to openly disagree with Trump’s statement, including Chip Roy of Texas.
It remains clear that the majority of Republican voters still support Trump and want to see him run for president again in 2024. The concern among critics is that Trump’s hold on the party will go unchallenged, potentially leading to a dystopian future if he were to win a second term.
Despite these concerns, many Republican lawmakers are choosing to look the other way and prioritize Trump’s actions over his words.