Republicans lie to themselves and hope Trump leaves: biographer

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Republicans “tell themselves lies” and hope Donald Trump just leaves, according to a biographer.

Tim O’Brien, the author of Trump Nation: The Art of Being the Donald and senior executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion, made the comments on Mary Trump’s podcast.

People “routinely discount how harmful and destructive” Trump can be, O’Brien said.

“I think we know how dangerous it would be to pretend that Donald isn’t a problem anymore. That if we just ignore him, he’ll go away,” added Mary Trump, the former president’s niece and a frequent critic.

But as the House select committee investigating the January 6th Capitol attack continues to present damning evidence about Trump’s efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 election, she said it was also important “to talk.” about his enablers and the people who use him for their own ends, and the people he uses.”

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O’Brien said Trump had a “reptilian sense of other people’s vulnerability” and said some in his job “overestimate who he is.”

Another group views Trump as “their useful idiot, someone they think they can manipulate or use to further their financial, political or social ends,” he said.

O’Brien continued: “I am surprised by the willingness of people to envision what he is doing.

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“From the whole GOP, major institution, outside political institutions, law enforcement, business institutions, academic institutions, and they essentially tell themselves lies and deceive themselves, I think, believing that he might leave or he won’t be bad is or that he can be channeled to enable and realize their own purpose.

And time and time again he takes advantage of it. All. Piece by piece.’

O’Brien further warned that “trumpism” would not go away even if Trump doesn’t win a second term in the White House by 2024.

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Trumpism is not going away… [it] inhabits a larger portion of the Republican Party than when Donald first descended,” he said. “And I think we’ll live with that for a long time, whether he becomes president or not.”

During the podcast, Mary Trump also said that while Trump is clearly paying attention to the January 6 hearings, they would not affect his conduct.

“Donald is watching Jan. 6, but it won’t change his behavior in any way,” she said.

News week has reached out to Trump’s spokeswoman and the Republican National Committee for comment.

Former US President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the America First Policy Institute Agenda summit in Washington, DC, on July 26, 2022.
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