The fissure snaking through the Republican Party comes down to what appears to be Donald Trump’s chaos wing and Mike Pence’s constitutional GOP. And in Pence’s hometown of Columbus, Indiana, the party loyalty appears to be divided.

As former president Trump faces his second impeachment trial beginning Feb. 8, this much has come to light: Beginning in early October through the Nov. 3 election, Trump plotted with key aides. Once the “red mirage” of an early Trump lead had been forecast before much of the mail-in vote was counted, Trump planned to declare victory Election Night until Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden that gave him the Electoral College victory, according to “fly-on-the-wall” reporting from Axios’ Jonathan Swan and Zachary Basu. This would become known as “the big lie.”

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Facebook and Twitter @hwypol.

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