The GOP’s Bargain with Trump Is Coming Apart

Inconvenience.

As hostile takeovers go, Donald Trump’s acquisition of the Republican Party was a strange one. The GOP’s shareholders—e.g. voters—approved of the transition, but the old management who resisted this procurement remains in place. When Trump was elected to the presidency after a rocky campaign, equilibrium was quickly reestablished around a shared understanding: The relationship between Trump and the GOP was to be a transactional one. The president would keep the party’s restless and discontented voters in the tent and, in return, the Republican Party would make the president look good. That covenant is coming apart.

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The GOP’s Bargain with Trump Is Coming Apart

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