Trump Takes the GOP Down With Him

The dam has broken. The center could not hold. One after the other on Saturday, Republicans withdrew their support for Donald Trump. Many called on him to drop out of the race and cede the nomination to his running mate. The Republican National Committee has all but put its operations in support of Trump’s candidacy on pause. The party is projecting chaos, and parties in chaos don’t win presidential elections. Trump is unlikely to become the 45th President of the United States, but how Republicans farther down the ballot will perform remains an open question. How much damage Trump will do to the Republican Party’s electoral prospects, both inadvertently and intentionally, is the most urgent unknown of the 2016 campaign.

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Trump Takes the GOP Down With Him

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More than just Trump.

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The Danger of the Me Too Campaign

Denunciations.

Silence, Wordsworth wrote, “is a privilege of the grave, a right of the departed. Let him, therefore, who infringes that right by speaking publicly of, for, or against, those who cannot speak for themselves, take heed that he opens not his mouth without a sufficient sanction.”

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A problem with no solution.

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Still the blackest Monday.

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