The Trump-McConnell war is at its beginning. I think much of the CW is wrong about @LeaderMcConnell being safe. The comments by @SenTuberville and other Trump Senators about the situation seem more like evasions of reality and a display of the natural human emotion of avoidance
over unpleasantness. What are Trump’s intentions? How aggressive will he be? Trump could force the hand of GOP Senators by depressing turnout the way he did in Georgia. The question, it seems to me is around how much Trump hates McConnell and how much energy he is willing to
spend in pursuit of vengeance. Republican Senators by the bushel have turned against democracy in the name of Trump. Why not McConnell? Right now GOP Senators will stay in the foxhole and evade the question. Right now they are weighing risk around their self interest and in the
moment nobody wants to be first in the Trump/McConnell crossfire. In fact, they may rightly wonder if the Mad King will forget about his blood feud between his next Big Mac and the one after that. The ball is in Trump’s court. How hard will he squeeze? How high will he raise
the stakes? What if he could spend his energy defeating a Senate Majority and removing McConnell while maneuvering himself into the Speakers Chair while simultaneously paying @GOPLeader back. I suspect we are in for a season of reprisals and militancy. Purges are to autocratic
Movements what Apple pie is to America. Will McConnell survive the purge is much more in Trump’s hands than the coverage suggests.

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