The Republican Party stood behind the president in the first impeachment case against Donald Trump.
Nearly a year later, the Republicans have continued a pandemic, painful election defeat and parliament storm, and loyalty to Trump is starting to tear.
Its position in the second deposition process is therefore noticeably weaker.
Trump was acquitted by the Senate on February 6, 2020.
That happened almost entirely along party lines: only on one of the two charges (abuse of power) did a Republican senator, Mitt Romney, join the Democrats who claimed Trump was guilty.
Trump's refusal to acknowledge his electoral defeat against Biden left the first cracks in the unity of the Republican Party visible.
The shock waves caused by the storming of the Capitol on January 6 ripped it open further.
This was evident in the vote on Trump's impeachment in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Ten Republican deputies broke the party line and joined the Democrats.
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'This is Donald Trump's Republican Party'
Trump's hold on the Republican Party is still firm, that cannot be denied.
75 million Americans recently voted him and the hard core of his supporters - a good majority of current party members - are loyal.
The president himself has already spoken of another shot at the highest office in 2024.
The president also enjoys considerable support among politicians in his party.
Delegates who identify very closely with Trumpism in particular, such as Qanon supporter Marjorie Taylor Green from Georgia and Matt Gaetz from Florida, seem to want to stay behind him through thick and thin.
“This is Donald Trump's Republican Party,” his eldest son, Donald Jr., said on Jan. 6 in a speech ahead of the storming of the Capitol.
Dreaming of days without Donald
But Trump has been undeniably weakened by last week's events.
The scent of his blood is in the water and within the Republican Party there are also several factions that are ready to think about a future without Donald Trump.
Consider Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, who are positioning themselves as heirs to Trumpism (and a possible presidential candidate in 2024).
They hope for a 'Trumpist' Republican Party without actual Trumps.
Breaking Trump away from his loyal supporters is a formidable task, but history shows that a politician who has lost power can quickly fade into the background.
Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republican majority in the Senate until the end of January. (Photo: Reuters)
Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republican majority in the Senate until the end of January.
More and more Republicans are turning away from Trump
More moderate Republicans and members of the old party establishment see the aftermath of the Capitol events as an opportunity to regain control of their party.
Well-known Trump critics such as Senators Mitt Romney from Utah and Lisa Murkowski from Alabama suddenly find themselves supported by more colleagues.
For politicians such as influential Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell and other old-timers, Trumpism is now beginning to become a burden.
Some of the first-elected representatives to the House in November are also unenthusiastic about the president.
The outcome of the elections is confronting.
After Trump's first term, the Republicans lost the presidency and majority in the Senate, while the House remained in the hands of the Democrats.
Three-fold, the first since 1932. And the president's popularity figures have fallen to a low of 40 percent approval versus 55.8 percent disapproval after the storming of the Capitol.
That does not give much confidence in Trump's future electoral strength - a return to a somewhat more moderate image to appeal to a wider group of voters beckons.
One impeachment task is not the other
Trump's removal will require a two-thirds majority of the 100 Senate members.
That means 17 Republican senators would have to join the Democrats to condemn him.
That's a high threshold, as the outcome of the previous impeachment case showed, but support for Trump within the party is no longer what it used to be.
However they vote in the end, the question 'what should we do with Trump's legacy?'
will ring loudly in the minds of the Republican senators.
They must decide to what extent they still stand behind the man who has made their party his own in an inimitable way.