Trump’s Tweets Are Ruining Him, But Do His Fans Care?

Phase two of the remaking of Trump.

An internal conflict over the trajectory of the GOP’s evolution in the Trump era quietly reached a turning point in late 2017 that has become clear only in hindsight. The “originals”–who joined Trump’s campaign when no other Republican political professionals would–have been purged or sidelined. The president has opted to outsource his legislative priorities to conventional Republicans in Congress, and he has delegated the conduct of foreign affairs to responsible administration officials. The contemptible alt-right and their “America First” allies are beside themselves even as erstwhile Trump skeptics in the GOP are suddenly finding a lot to like about this presidency. But there is a danger in all this success. As establishment-friendly Republicans succeed in hijacking Trump’s administration, they risk adopting the #MAGA movement’s most debilitating conceits. Responsible Republicans might just convince themselves of the need to ignore the most glaring defect of Trump’s presidency: the president.

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Trump’s Tweets Are Ruining Him, But Do His Fans Care?

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