Even after his smear campaign against the validity of the 2020 election culminated in a deadly failed insurrection against the United States Capitol, former President Donald Trump continues to enjoy widespread adoration within the GOP, and is currently the favorite to win its presidential nomination in 2024, if he decides to run again.
While Trump's sycophants are certainly vocal, there are a handful of Republicans warning of the dangers posed by his recklessness. Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming has repeatedly emphasized Trump's responsibility for the Capitol Riots, as has Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
And in a recent CNN Town Hall featuring Americans of all parties, Republican Phil Heimlich warned that Trumpism poses an urgent threat to American democracy.
Heimlich told CNN's Don Lemon:
"I think the greatest danger to this country right now is Trumpism, more so than any policy, and if they're able to suppress the vote, whatever policy you care about, if they're able to attack our rule of law, and we become one of these countries like Turkey and others that have really become right-wing — be really dictatorships, it doesn't matter what you stand for. So I think all of us, Republicans and Democrats, have to make the decision we're going to put country ahead of party."
The discussion was convened in response to President Joe Biden's recent town hall on the network, where he addressed a range of issues, including the right to vote.
Heimlich also decried Republicans' attempts to absolve the party for its responsibility in the Capitol Riots, as well as dismissing the violence that day.
People agreed with Heimlich.
Maybe there's still hope...👉Republican voter warns of the dangers of embracing Trumpism: 'Greatest danger to this c… https://t.co/Veh0L5ag4q— SleepsWithDogs (@SleepsWithDogs) 1627040289.0
The @GOP gets a needed Heimlich. https://t.co/tAVKhtWon1— Bruce Sheridan (@Bruce Sheridan) 1627048774.0
He's not the only one warning o the dangers imposed by Trump's Republican party.
Claiming what’s happening in the GOP right now is not uniquely dangerous — where anti-government extremists and whi… https://t.co/XkZxkCHjV1— Brianna Keilar (@Brianna Keilar) 1626114824.0
In McCarthy’s GOP, you’re still in good standing if you: Fundraise with white nationalists. Promote dangerous cons… https://t.co/oopfNnOaOe— Adam Schiff (@Adam Schiff) 1625146011.0
When you hear Gop Florida governor Ron DeSantis attack those who want him to take Covid seriously it’s trumpism in… https://t.co/mQu5FR9O4A— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1627053381.0
Trump is a political mob boss with questionable ties to Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia whose finances are a myster… https://t.co/PmrxdTVfC2— Luke Zaleski (@Luke Zaleski) 1626996634.0
Trump lied, covered-up, and failed to act on Covid when early action would have saved thousands of lives. Now, the… https://t.co/0lEcYLbdHX— Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@Dr. DaShanne Stokes) 1627047563.0
Trump remains beloved by a majority of the party.