In a lengthy discussion on the brewing internecine war between Republicans, Jake Tapper stood firmly on the side of truth. Appearing on Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s New Day, Tapper noted that Republicans, for the most part, simply aren’t good-faith actors anymore.
Of course, while the truth is fairly easy to suss out these days, grasping even a gossamer strand of it seems like a Sisyphean challenge for Republicans. The party’s epistemological polestar is now Donald Trump, who is to truth what French’s mustard is to French cuisine.
As Tapper notes, if we’re going to have a society, we have to agree on certain facts—and one of those is that Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election. An example of an opinion would be that Trump lost because he looks like Ed Gein’s first attempt at upholstering a chaise lounge. Again, that’s just an opinion. But it clearly holds more weight these days than Republicans’ preferred “facts.”
Republicans are at an inflection point now. On the side of consensus reality is Liz Cheney, the House Republican Caucus chair, who appears to believe democracy is worth saving.