A Cult without a Legacy

The cult grows more effusive as the disappointments mount.

Conservatives who have yet to fall obsequiously in line behind Donald Trump are emerging in droves to respond to columnist and radio host Dennis Prager, who recently demand that they abandon their skepticism of the president and “report for duty.” In Prager’s estimation, Trump is a general in a new American “civil war,” and conservatives are his foot soldiers. In fact, the only distinction between the president’s supporters and those who have yet to accept him as their Great Helmsman is the degree to which those on the right have come to accept the inevitability of this new internecine conflict.

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