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According to Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown GOP Senators were afraid to oppose Trump out of fear he would vilify them on social media and on Fox News. That fear is so prevalent, GOP members are afraid to stand up to Trump even if they think he has done acts warranting removal from office. From Business Insider...
Top Republican lawmakers have hailed President Donald Trump's acquittal in his impeachment trial as a victory for the American people and praised his policies and achievements.
But in private it's a different story, according to a scathing New York Times op-ed article by Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, published Wednesday night.
..."In private, many of my colleagues agree that the president is reckless and unfit," he said. "They admit his lies. And they acknowledge what he did was wrong.
"They know this president has done things Richard Nixon never did. And they know that more damning evidence is likely to come out."
...Brown accused the Republicans of being motivated not so much by principle and an impartial assessment of evidence as by fear.
"For the stay-in-office-at-all-cost representatives and senators, fear is the motivator," Brown said. "They are afraid that Mr. Trump might give them a nickname like 'Low Energy Jeb' and 'Lyin' Ted,' or that he might tweet about their disloyalty," referring to nicknames Trump gave his Republican presidential rivals Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz during his 2016 campaign.
"Or — worst of all — that he might come to their state to campaign against them in the Republican primary."
He also suggested they feared being subjected to a relentless onslaught of attacks by Trump's allies on social media and on Fox News, the network widely popular and powerful among Trump supporters.
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