The Trump Paradox: He Grows Stronger as the GOP Grows Weaker


n Donald Trump won the presidential nomination in 2016, it was widely regarded as a “hostile takeover” of the Republican Party. Prominent Republicans ripped his lack of conservative values, his flawed character and his nonexistent electoral experience. But they began warming to the nominee within months, and ultimately, Republicans stuck with him through a host of scandals. When he was inaugurated as president in 2017, he became the party’s indisputable leader. He’s commanded substantial loyalty within it ever since. Th


degree to which the GOP has evolved to accommodate Trump has at times been stunning; most recently, Republicans waved away

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