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Donald Trump showed Republicans “how far they can go”—Mary Trump

Donald Trump’s actions as president and beyond may have shown the modern Republican Party “how far it can go”, according to Mary Trump.

Mary Trump, the former president’s niece and outspoken critic of his actions, made the point during a recent episode of her podcast, The Mary Trump Show. She was speaking with political analyst David Rothkopf, who was promoting his latest book, American Resistance.

Speaking with Rothkopf, Trump thought another Republican president elected in 2016, like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, would have been much closer to political tradition than his uncle. Now, having shown how far the party can get away with her uncle, she claimed that any future GOP president would be “an autocrat.”

“Another thing that Donald has done is show Republicans how far they can go,” Mary Trump said. “Which means, I think they can go as far as they’re allowed. And again, I think Donald is a symptom…it takes decades. But I think he’s finally crossed the line and gave permission.

Above, Donald Trump is seen aboard Air Force One during the final month of his presidency. Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, recently claimed that her uncle showed the GOP how much they can get away with in the future.
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“So I think President Ted Cruz in 2016 would have been kind of a go-between [leader] in many ways. He would have played into the system, broadly speaking, like most other Republicans would have. Now, I think any Republican who walks into the Oval Office in 2024 would be an autocrat because they know they can be,” she added.

She went on to say that she thinks it doesn’t matter which Republican might win the White House, whether it’s more extreme figures like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis or Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake. , or slightly less severe figures like Cruz, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, or Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.

In response, Rothkopf, founder of TRG Media and frequent columnist for The Daily Beast, agreed with Trump’s sentiment, although she expressed doubts about some of the examples she listed as more decent alternatives to the former president.

“You’re right, Donald Trump has redefined the parameters of what is considered an acceptable ‘presidency’ within the Republican Party,” Rothkopf said. “I think there are people within the Republican Party with whom I disagree on virtually every issue…I don’t think I agree with [Wisconsin Representative] Liz Cheney on any question. Would she have acted like this? No… Is that [former Vice President] Did Mike Pence behave like this? No… He has a modicum of respect for the law, he has a modicum of decency, so he wouldn’t have behaved that way. Some of the others you’ve described, I don’t think they have a modicum of decency.”

Speaking further, Rothkopf expressed concern about some right-wing figures advocating a “unitary executive” theory, which suggests that a president should wield more power, and suggesting that presidents should be above the law.

Newsweek contacted Donald Trump’s office for comment.

Daughter of Donald Trump’s late older brother, Fred Trump Jr., and clinical psychologist, Mary Trump rose to prominence in late 2020 with the release of the tell-all book about her family history, too much and never enoughfollowed in 2021 by another book, The jugement. A registered Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, she has become a notable critic of her uncle’s actions and policies in recent years.


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