How the defeated Trump creates a Republican turmoil


Former President Donald Trump holds the Republican Party almost gravitationally.  (Dag Mills / New York Times)

Former President Donald Trump holds the Republican Party almost gravitationally. (Dag Mills / New York Times)

Washington — Republican lawmakers have passed voting restrictions to quell right-wing activists, most of whom were still held in the lie that favorable elections were fraudulent against them. ing. Republican leaders have been blaming in corporate, baseball, and news media in a Trumpian way to appeal to many of the same conservatives and voters. And the debate over the size and scope of government is overshadowed by the clashes of cultural wars that King Tabloid enjoyed.

This is a party remade by Trump.

Former President in the Republican Circle when GOP leaders and donors gathered for the party’s withdrawal in Palm Beach, Florida, and detoured to Mar-a-Lago for a reception with Trump on Saturday night. Widespread influence was thoroughly energized by the defeated incumbents who revealed the party — a bizarre shift in US politics.

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Trump, who was locked out of Twitter, quietly despised by many Republican executives, and accepted a tropical asylum supplicant in Florida, just three months after the critics wanted to assault the Capitol. , Found a way to restrain a party without a leader almost by gravity. Disrespect the man and defile his legacy.

Prefering to engage in lean political struggles over governance and policymaking, he left the leader confused about what they meant, even for what was once a republican business. Still, his single term made it clear what the far right was against and how it was about to fight.

Last year, Republicans, who literally abandoned the traditional party platform to deal with Trump, organized around the perceived excess of the left and borrowed scorched earth operations while fighting. Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell accused the company of siding on Democratic and Republican-backed voting restrictions this week, but retreated after suggesting that it wanted to be completely excluded from politics. did.

They do relatively little to argue with President Joe Biden on almost every policy issue, except for the coronavirus reaction, his vast social welfare proposals, or immigration. Instead, Republicans are moving to issues that can help make Democrats tar, more exciting and united within their coalition.

Therefore, Republicans accepted the dispute over the seemingly small caliber issue and had a bigger debate. By emphasizing the withdrawal of Dr. Seuss’s book without racism. Rights of Transgender People; Also, because large institutions and businesses like MLB and Coca-Cola are willing to support the Democratic Party’s right to vote, this right is under the control of an elite obsessed with identity politics. I’m trying to portray.

It angered conservatives taking advantage of the cataclysm to wipe out medium-term profits from President Barack Obama and federal spending in 2009 and 2010, when the Democratic Party last took full control of the government. It’s a significantly different approach than when I remembered it. However, white political veteran Biden is not very useful for the party’s far-right base and is unlikely to become polarized with the country as a whole.

“2010 was a veneer of philosophical and ideological coherence, but now we don’t even pay for lip service,” said Republican lobbyist Liam Donovan. “Trump has added an aperitif dissatisfaction to his entree.”

This approach may not be politically equivalent to a balanced diet (a plan for long-term recovery), but it is poor for success in the 2022 elections that determine control of the House and Senate. It does not mean that it is a strategy.

Even Democrats are aware of the risk that Republican messages on cultural issues will resonate with the majority of voters. Obama’s former aide, Dan Pfeiffer, who suffered from what his boss called “Sheracking” in 2010, warned this week that when the Republicans lament “cancel culture,” they shouldn’t just look. did.

“Republicans are raising these cultural topics, uniting their parties and dividing our party,” he wrote in an essay. “Therefore, we must actively bring the conversation back to the economic problems that unite our parties and divide them.”

Many years of Republicans haven’t denied it much. Republican strategist Ralph Reed said, “Democrats have done one thing that they didn’t expect to happen so quickly. Republicans look away from what divides us and look in the opposite. I turned it around. “

Given that Trump is still hungry for rewards for intra-party critics, it may be overly rosy. With a series of controversial primaries on the deck, Democrats are ready to benefit from the economic recovery.

But there is no doubt that Republicans are rallying over post-Trump political styles that make the prefix unnecessary.

They are keen to emphasize migrants, especially at the moment of the surge in undocumented migrants at the border. In addition to being Trump’s signature issue, it also has the strongest cultural resonance with their pure white foundation.

According to a NPR / Marist survey last month, 64% of nonpartisan voters approved Biden’s response to a pandemic, but only 27% supported an approach to immigration.

At a private lunch on the same day last month, House Democrats pushed Biden’s stimulus bill through, and Republican Senator Tom Cotton with McConnell’s ears confidently predicted that the influx into the border would return to party tickets. .. Majority.

“I think this is a central issue in the 2022 campaign. It’s to me that Joe Biden is strong enough and has the political will to do what he needs to do and control the border. It’s not clear, “says Cotton. Subsequent interview.

Conservatives are not the only ones focusing on borders. Congressman John Katko, RN.Y. And moderates on behalf of the northern district, who went a lot for Biden, warned that if he wasn’t careful, a rekindling of immigrants would “hang” around Biden’s neck.

“It’s not a good problem for suburban people. It’s not a good problem for moderate Republicans. It’s not a good problem for moderate Democrats. It’s certainly not a good problem for independents,” he said. It was.

Republicans have almost abandoned the comprehensive immigration agreement, despite the business lobby’s complaint, as much can be gained from condemning the Democratic issue.

But that’s not the only Republican discomfort in the industry, even though Republicans have chosen to make the choice.

McConnell, for example, continues to maintain the 2017 tax cuts that lowered corporate rates as the best jewel of the party’s legislative achievements during the Trump era, and it is possible that he will soon join the union’s picket line. It’s very low.

But he sees a clear political turnaround by confronting MLB and corporate giants such as Delta and Coca-Cola who have blamed Georgia’s voting bill. This is an intervention that was not possible in the pre-Trump era.

“If a company becomes a means for a far-left mob to take over our country from outside the constitutional order, the company will have serious consequences,” he warned this week, later he was a candidate. He added that there was no problem with the companies that continued to fund.

Others in the party have gone a step further and threatened the antitrust exemption enjoyed by professional baseball. This is clearly Trumpian’s retaliation tactic.

Recent party polls show that Republican voters are anxious for candidates who “will not retreat to the fight against the Democratic Party.” This was revealed in a survey conducted by GOP company Echeron Insight earlier this year.

In an interview with Ezra Klein, Republican pollster Kristen Saltis Anderson, who conducted the survey, said that those who were drawn to the right wing said, “The way of life we ​​know is changing rapidly. I feel it. “

Republicans exercise their free position on issues such as police and transgender rights as a club of cultural war, even if that means abandoning some conservative values. I tried to stir up my fear. In Arkansas this week, a conservative legislator’s move to make it illegal for transgender children to undergo sex-verifying drugs and surgery has been denied by Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson. He argued that the bill “sets new standards for legislative interference with doctors and parents,” and that it could not make exceptions to children who had already started hormone therapy. Still, he was invalidated by lawmakers in his party and Trump assassinated him as a “lightweight Reno.”

Still, the most important thing in the party today is to be actively involved in the political fighting of the brass knuckles.

“It’s a comprehensive virtue that Republicans seek from their leaders,” said GOP strategist Reed. He said earlier, in a tribal era, the party would have withdrawn Georgia’s division bill restricting access to voting. “After the business and media went around the wagon, we would have called it back to Congress, made some corrections, and moved on,” he said. “Now we just dig in.”

The changing culture of the Republican Party is clearly demonstrated in Florida. In Florida, Governor Ron Desantis has emerged as presidential timber as he armed with news reports critical of the handling of the coronavirus.

DeSantis’ actual response to the crisis does not please conservatives. Rather, it’s a way he bristles with skeptical coverage, as Trump did when he accused “fake news.” The latest example is this week that 60 Minutes improperly created a Florida ubiquitous Publix grocery store for a corona virus vaccine distributor after the company donated $ 100,000 to him. It was when I broadcast a segment that suggested.

De Santis did not work with CBS for this work. But with the sympathy of other Republicans, he shouted a foul about the segment after it was done and was rewarded with a coveted prime-time interview on Fox News to explain his dissatisfaction.

“This is now at the heart of the Republican heartbeat. The media has replaced the Democratic Party as an opponent,” said Scott Jennings, a Republican strategist in Kentucky. “The platform is for whatever the media today disagrees with, and I disagree with whatever they agree with.”

It created strange alchemy in the capital. There, many business-oriented Republicans are becoming more and more politically homeless. Notable among them is the Chamber of Commerce, which snuggled up to the Democratic Party and offended Republicans, but is now surprised by Biden’s proposed increase in corporate tax.

“It’s a strange time,” said Tony Fratto, a former Bush administration official on behalf of business clients who supported Biden but were worried about tax increases. “I don’t know where to go, but many people are worried about where the party is now,” he said.

Probably except for a recently retired Florida man.

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