Jean-Jacques Cornish

Who are the Republicans really scared of ?

Does Donald Trump really have a choke hold on the Republican Party?

Certainly the way some frightened senior GOP members are running scared makes it appear that he has.

The question is are they quaking in their boots for fear of what Trump might do to them or are they terrified of the dangerously militant base that unquestioningly swallows everything he says

By becoming US President in 2016, Trump silenced those within its ranks protesting that that the pathological liar and tax dodger posed an existential threat to Abraham Lincoln’s party.

The election map shows much has been proven true.

Donald Trump has lost the presidency, plain and simple.

There is no escaping this reality but his sociopathic condition will not allow him to acknowledge defeat.

So he is looking for a path out of the White House that does not look like losing.

He does not care a jot what damage this is doing to American democracy.

Some analysts say Trump has attained king-making powers that enable him to boost or destroy the careers and aspirations of Republican politicians.

There is an increasing likelihood that his path to defeat in 2020 is being  made more palatable by his contesting the 2024 election.

What use is a king-maker who is determined to retain is crown?

My bet is the Republicans prepared to sacrifice their credibility are actually fearful of upsetting not Trump himself but the dangerous Trump base.

That might account for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telling a news briefing about a re-elected Donald Trump.

It does not explain why the press corp did not simply burst out laughing and leave the room when he said it.

Being obliged to paint a balanced  picture or to actually sympathize with  a frightened Pompeo does not require one to be played for a fool.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.