On Race, Trump Makes the Left’s Case

A generation lost.

When skeptical conservatives tried to communicate to their Republican brethren their objections to Donald Trump’s candidacy, they would explain that their apprehensions were often definitional. Trump seemed to have little use for or understanding of conservatism, they’d say. His nomination to lead the country’s conservative party would likely sap the already poorly understood philosophy of any universal meaning. What’s more, “conservatism” cast in the mold of Trump’s proudly transgressive racial politics would undermine the GOP’s efforts to appeal to a broad array of Americans. Trump’s election seemed to allay these anxieties temporarily, but the damage being done to the Republican Party’s foundational arguments is still real. Indeed, that damage is more insidious now as Trump’s racial politics transcends the theoretical and becomes manifest in policy with real-world consequences.

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On Race, Trump Makes the Left’s Case

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