The Republican party has changed, and its members aren’t exactly sure what to make of it.
While there are those who are trying to recapture the “Republican way” of the 1990s and 2000s, the party’s most prominent ideologues, including many of the same people who pushed for the nomination of Donald Trump, have also changed.
The party’s leaders have also undergone an unprecedented purge of its most conservative elements, with the ouster of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the ousting of the party establishment’s most outspoken conservative voices, such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Senator Rob Portman.
The change in Republican leadership has also been accompanied by a dramatic shift in the party as a whole.
The GOP’s national platform has become increasingly conservative, with support for limited government, less regulation, and the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Meanwhile, the ideological differences between the GOP and the left are widening, and a rift between the right and the GOP is growing.
What to Know Trump has long espoused the belief that the only thing that matters in politics is the votes of those who agree with him.
But he’s been increasingly alienated from the party that nominated him for president, and his recent remarks about the need to have a “civil war” in the GOP have angered a number of conservative groups, including the Freedom Caucus, which has since denounced him as a dangerous and dangerous threat to the GOP.
How the election turned into the most consequential of the Trump era is not clear, but a growing number of Republican insiders believe that Trump will soon be forced out of office.
The Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson reports.