As Trump's grip on GOP gets more stifling, Washington Republicans shrug

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Nearly a year since Trump's defeat in the 2020 election and nine months following the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, the former president of the United States has only gotten more popular within in the Republican Party.

Just look at the primary challenges, the developing GOP fields of candidates, the voting restrictions being passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures, the almost-unanimous GOP opposition to the House's Jan. 6 committee -- and more recently, Republican silence after the former president disparaged Colin Powell.

Also, don't forget Trump exaggerating those who were the January. 6 protesters, or warning that his supporters will vote out '22 or '24 if GOP lawmakers do not back his discredited claims regarding the 2020 presidential election.

As Trump has become more powerful within the GOP and it appears that the Republican Party -- as and a large portion of the political world has made the decision to leave.

You can also look around.

Sen. Cramer: 'I don't regret' opposing Jan. 6 committee

JULY 22, 202101:49

Here's Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday when asked if he was worried about the fact that Republicans appear to be in awe of Trump instead of dissociating themselves from the president: "Well, I do believe we should talk about the future, not the past. I think that the American public is focused on this administrationand the damage it's doing to America," he said, according to the NBC Capitol Hill team.

Here's the Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. Interview with the NBC's Julie Tsirkin: "I, frankly, find the media's obsession with Donald Trump to be unhealthy."

As for Democrats They are engaged in a internal battle over what should stay and what gets cut from the trillions of dollars of proposed climate change spending education, health care and climate change.

It's also worth mentioning: Trump's influence within the GOP has grown strongerbut the general political debate surrounding Trump has slowed down after he was banned from Facebook as well as Twitter.

Does Trump's absence from Twitter obscured realisation that 2024's Republican presidency is his to take If he wishes to?

January. 6, committee suggests contempt of court charges against Steve Bannon

Regarding the Jan. 6, and of the House committee that is investigating the matter, that committee has approved "to advance a measure to refer former Trump adviser Steve Bannon to the Justice Department for criminal charges of contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with its investigation," according to NBC News.

"The committee approved the recommendation 9-0. The report is likely to be presented to the full House to be voted on. The committee is comprised of seven Democrats and two Republicans and they are taking part without the permission of their leaders."

The Jan. 6 committee recommends contempt of court charges against Steve Bannon

OCT. 20, 202101:23

Don't forget to read this statement made by GOP Committee member Rep. Liz Cheney, from Wyoming. : "Almost all of you know in your hearts that what happened on January 6th was profoundly wrong," Cheney said in reference at those of her GOP colleagues. "You know that there is no evidence of widespread election fraud sufficient to overturn the election. You know that the Dominion voting machines were not corrupted by a foreign power. You know those claims are false. Yet President Trump repeats them almost daily."

38 percent: The percentage of Republicans that are included in the Grinnell College National Poll that believe they'll have their votes correctly recorded in 2022.

37 percent: This is the percentage of adults who have a positive opinion of Joe Biden's performance as President in the same Grinnell survey.

250,000: The amount of troops Trump officials had suggested sending to the border with Mexico in 2020, as per The New York Times.

65,500: What's the number? men died of the Covid-19 virus in America over women as per an upcoming Brookings study.

45,176,062: This is the amount of cases confirmed of coronavirus that have been confirmed in the United States, per the most recent information provided by NBC News and health officials. (That's an increase of 76,430 from yesterday's early morning.)

732,890: The total number of people who have died within the United States from the virus at this point, as per the most up-to-date data provided by NBC News. (That's 1,942 more deaths since yesterday's early morning.)

409,438,987: This is the number of vaccine doses that have been administered across the U.S., per the CDC. (That's 641,045 more than yesterday's early morning.)

10,926,564: That's the amount of booster doses that are administered throughout the U.S., per the CDC. (That's 245,389 more doses than yesterday's morning.)

57.1 percent: The percentage in all Americans who are fully vaccine-vaccinated as per the CDC.

68.6 percent: This is the percentage of all Americans aged 18 and over who have been fully vaccinated according to the CDC.

ICYMI: What's going on in the world?

Wednesday is an inaugural New York City mayoral debate in which Democrat Eric Adams against Republican Curtis Sliwa, on WNBC-4.

Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry is charged with lying to federal investigators during the case of campaign finance. The congressman denies the charges.

The New York Times reports about how women judges from Afghanistan are made to hide from the public eye.

Scientists are believed to have successfully transplanted the kidney of a pig to the human.

The progressives will discuss the shooting by police in 2014 that killed Laquon McDonald at Rahm Emanuel's confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

The civil rights organizations are seeking to sue Oklahoma and arguing that the state's Anti-critical Race Theory law violates the right to free speech.