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Trump Rules the GOP

It wasn’t a good day Tuesday night for Republicans who failed to associate themselves with President Trump.

Trump critic Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina learned that the hard way when he lost his primary to pro-Trump Katie Arrington.

The president, finally able to turn his attention to politics after the Singapore summit, weighed in with a last minute tweet before the polls closed that may well have spelled Sanford’s doom.

And then afterward:

As James Antle notes in the Washington Examiner, Sanford follows in the footsteps of other Republicans who crossed Trump, like Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who didn’t even bother trying to win their primaries.

Meantime, in Viriginia, implacablly pro-Trump Corey Stewart won the GOP nod to oppose Sen. Tim Kaine.

According to Antle:

Recent Republican primaries have demonstrated Trump’s power over the party. Corey Stewart won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Virginia over the strenuous objections of many in the party — his less prominent main challenger did come within less than 2 points of the upset — in no small part because he embraced Trump . . .

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., was forced into a runoff by a recent former Democratic congressman who voted for Barack Obama for president and Nancy Pelosi for speaker. Why? Because Roby was deemed insufficiently loyal to Trump.

The most prominent example was when Trump exhorted West Virginia Republicans to remember Alabama and nominate someone other than Don Blankenship, who had recently done time over a deadly mining accident and was producing racist television commercials, to run against vulnerable Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

In these cases, Trump is aligned with leadership on the outcome of the primary. The voters simply won’t listen to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., or any other leader besides Trump.

The bolding is mine. Antle goes on to say Trump’s domination of the party “won’t necessarily last forever.”

That’s certainly true. At the very least, some kind of coherent pro-Trump faction with a guiding ideology must be created to ensure what Trump stands for outlasts Trump. Otherwise, once he’s gone, the Mitch McConnells, the Chamber of Commerces, and the Bushes of the world – all the “adults” – will simply clean the house up from what they think is a one-night keg party thrown by the “children” and make everything just as it was.

5 Responses to Trump Rules the GOP

  1. While the Dem’s squabble over who’s the leader of their party, President Trump clearly is the leader of his.
    His position will become stronger once the RINOS are removed.

  2. Trump’s party? ha.
    MrTrump was nowhere when Repubs elected a majority Congress and a thousand other elected officials across the country.
    He’s the top of the ticket, has broad support among Repubs (and some Dems and Indies), is pushing an agenda that they like, so yeah – it’s “his” party.
    We like him, understand him, but will always wonder if some other candidate could have won if they, too, had a campaign platform that he so brilliantly proposed.

  3. It’s called the Trump Curse for a reason. If you publicly announce you are a anti-Trumper, within weeks, you are fired, lose a political race, your wife leaves you, your dog dies or something comes out that ruins your career/life forever.

    Do not cross the Trump, POTUS, GEOTUS, VSGPOTUS.

  4. Maybe it helps that ppl are realizing these candidates aren’t really Republican, they just pretend to be to get elected. When called out, they have no defense, and can’t get reelected.