“I believe in change from within,” said progressive Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who gained notoriety for his much-debated decision to vote in favor of excluding witnesses from the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. “And that can be accomplished only by staying firmly entrenched in the system, which is what I’ve always strived to do.”
Alexander emphasized that he did feel that Trump’s act of asking a foreign leader to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden, and delaying military aid to Ukraine to encourage such an investigation, was very, very wrong. "But the best way to transform an admittedly corrupt political structure," he noted, "is to do nothing."
Other Republican Senators of conscience, like Ben Sasse of Nebraska, agreed. “Americans should take heart in knowing that I had to fight every bone in my conscience to help prevent President Trump’s removal from office,” he said. “But there's absolutely no hope of changing the system if we don't first preserve it."
Another forward-thinking Republican senator, who preferred to remain anonymous, pledged to do everything in her power to ensure Trump’s reelection, so that she can continue to stay true to her own moral code by having very strong distaste for the president’s abhorrent conduct - past and future. “Regardless of my external actions, I never deviate from my internal sense of right and wrong," she stated. "It's not always easy, but that’s what being a public servant is all about.”