In a scathing essay published on Monday, Fox News
analyst Juan Williams
challenged his network's devotion to former President Donald Trump
In an opinion piece for The Hill, Williams chastised Republicans
for believing that supporting the twice-impeached election loser would result in political gain. Trump support on Capitol Hill is “way out of touch with political reality,” he wrote.
He warned that “politics
is speeding into absurdity,” and it is coming from those on the right who continue to propagate the president’s lies about the election and the Jan. 6 attack
on the Capitol.
The essay is titled “The GOP
’s Losing Bet on Trump,” and Williams, who frequently disagrees with his Fox News colleagues, cited polls indicating that Trump’s popularity is dwindling and that prominent Republicans should take notice.
Recent events, on the other hand, are a dead giveaway that they aren't.
Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde
said on videotape that the Capitol riot
looked more like a "normal tourist visit," echoing Trump's revisionist spin on the fatal siege. A group of Republican auditors in Arizona
said they're looking for bamboo in ballots to support a fringe theory that thousands of illegal ballots from Asia made it into the swing state's election.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.) led the charge to remove Rep. Liz Cheney
(R-Wyo.) from her high post after she repeatedly called out Trump's lies, and Sen. Lindsey Graham
(R-S.C.) said the Republican party
cannot grow without Trump.
Williams claimed that the party was suffering from “distorted thinking,” given that Trump’s unfavorable ratings are becoming such a problem that the NRCC reportedly tried to stifle the results of its own poll (which also noted that President Joe Biden
is gaining popularity).
“These reality-based polls threaten to explode the lies propped up by Trump as the GOP’s best hope to reclaim control of Congress
and reclaim the presidency,” Williams wrote, adding a bleak forecast for conservatives.
“Reality dictates that if the midterm elections
in 2022 are a referendum on Trump rather than Biden, Republicans will lose control of both chambers,” he concluded.