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Opinion Trump’s angry, vengeful purge of GOP enemies faces a crucial test

Ruben Navarrette: Jaime Herrera Beutler is one of three GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump and face primaries Tuesday. He says Trump is backing virulent democracy-hating candidates against candidates backed by GOP establishment figures. He asks: Has the simple act of telling voters straightforward truths about Trump become a disqualifier among Republicans? He says we have to hope Trump’s bet is wrong, but there isn’t much grounds for confidence that it is. Navarro: Trump's record in purging Republicans guilty of this and other assorted treacheries has been decidedly mixed. If it's possible to tell GOP voters the truth about Trump and his 2020 loss, and then live to tell the tale, it

Ruben Navarrette: Only one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump is facing a general-election opponent in November. He says if Herrera Beutler does lose after being a leading Republican voice telling hard truths about Trump’s depraved, venal, insurrectionist intentions, that would be sobering. He said Trump is also targeting for revenge his former vice president, Mike Pence, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who have backed establishment candidates. Navar