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Republicans Condemned Trump. Now They’re Seeking His Help.

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In this Jan. 21, 2021, photo, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just two weeks ago, McCarthy declared then-President Donald Trump culpable in the attack on the nation’s Capitol as Washington leaders recoiled from the violence. But on Jan. 28, McCarthy was meeting with Trump at Mar-a-Lago to kiss the ring of a man who remains the undisputed leader of the Republican Party. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(AP)–Just two weeks ago, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy declared then-President Donald Trump culpable in the attack on the nation’s Capitol as Washington leaders recoiled from the violence. But by Thursday, McCarthy was meeting with Trump at Mar-a-Lago to kiss the ring of a man who remains the undisputed leader of the Republican Party, despite having left office in disgrace.

Trump’s expected status as a GOP kingmaker post-presidency had seemed like an impossibility after his supporters stormed the Capitol building in a deadly riot. But following an initial wave of condemnation — and a bipartisan impeachment — the tide in the Republican Party appears to have already turned.

 

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