Has Trumpism Run Out of Steam?

Paul LePage, who pioneered the tactics that propelled Trump into office, is running again for governor of Maine. Only this time, he’s quietly backing away from the former president.

JAY, Maine—Services at the New Life Baptist Church had just wrapped up, and in the parking lot outside its tiny chapel, Paul LePage was standing behind me with his arm wrapped around my head. He held a cellphone inches from my face, as if he were filming an extreme close-up. The former and perhaps future governor of Maine had insisted on reenacting an incident that had occurred a few weeks earlier, when he’d threatened “to deck” a Democratic operative tracking his campaign. “If you come into my space,” LePage had warned the young man, “you’re going down.”

I had asked LePage

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