Saturday, June 15, 2019

Who Will Lead The GOP After Trump?

Donald Trump’s entry into the 2016 campaign was treated largely as a joke by nearly everyone who covered him, but the message that would knock over two political dynasties and carry him to the White House shined through from the very beginning.
“When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal? They kill us,” Trump queried an audience, adding “when was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn’t exist, folks. They beat us all the time.”
“Surely the country doesn’t want this,” the country’s Republican elite wondered. Within weeks they were horrified to see Trump top national GOP polls amid a crowded field of established senators, governors, and other business figures. His support within the party only solidified throughout the debates and rocketed as he placed in second in the Iowa Caucus and took first in the New Hampshire primary.
Within months it became a foregone conclusion that Trump would become the Republican nominee. He delivered 90% of registered Republican votes in the 2016 presidential election along with the 306 electoral votes that carried him to the White House.
In a single speech, Trump knocked over nearly every Republican waiting in line for power and rocketed himself to the top ushering a new political moment.
The Republican party officially became the party of Trump.
It is impossible to know if Trump will win re-election in 2020, let alone who will be the party’s nominee in 2024. Still, one thing remains generally true: Whoever does succeed him will almost certainly need his blessing.
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