John King, the network’s veteran political analyst, hinted at the emptiness of the evening: “He is who he is, and he is who he was.”
Trump was vulgar, loud, and mendacious.
"The G.O.P. audience stacked the deck, but revealed where the base is
The audience’s regular interruptions on behalf of Mr. Trump were like a laugh track on a sitcom. It built momentum for him in the room — and onscreen for the television audience — and stifled Ms. Collins as she repeatedly tried to interrupt him with facts and correctives.
No matter how vulgar, profane or politically incorrect Mr. Trump was, the Republican crowd in New Hampshire audibly ate up the shtick of the decades-long showman.
He would pardon a 'large portion' of Jan. 6 rioters. Applause. He mocked the detailed accusations of rape from E. Jean Carroll as made up 'hanky-panky in a dressing room.' Laughter.
No matter that a New York jury held him liable for sexual abuse and defamation this week, awarding Ms. Carroll $5 million in damages. Calling Ms. Carroll a 'wack job.' Applause and laughs.
Flip-flopping on using the debt ceiling for leverage, because 'I’m not president.' More laughs."
The Trumpublican Party has no vision for the future of this country. Their policies aren’t about making everyone’s lives better, they’re about making the lives of certain people (immigrants, LGTBQ, women, etc.) worse.
Just like everything else Trump has touched, the former Republican Party, the Party of Lincoln, is dead.