Where Will the GOP Go from Here?
The GOP is facing a crisis prompted by Trump’s refusal to concede the election and the riots at the Capitol Building on January 6th. Will the party, as exemplified by some notable Republicans, distance itself from Trump and his base?
Mr. Trump’s style of personalistic authoritarian populism is his alone. It is unfamiliar to most American politicians, and the messianic loyalty he commands among his most martial followers is unlikely to be replicated by those within the party who seek to pick up his mantle. But Mr. Trump’s Republicanism, despite his belief that everything is about him, has always been about more than that. He has forged what is likely to be the Republican blueprint for the future…
For four years, President Trump used his rabid conservative populist following to intimidate even the most traditional Republicans. Now, after a crushing November election defeat and the public scorn ignited when his backers stormed the U.S. Capitol, the future of the Trump-led GOP teeters uneasily between self-destruction and reconstruction.
The invasion of the Capitol was undeniably a disaster for Trump and the Republican Party. But Democrats should be careful about celebrating. Both parties are facing increasingly fractious politics, and the party that figures out how to walk through the minefield will win in the end.