Conservatism in the Era of Trump

Conservatism in the Era of Trump
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Mick Mulvaney's friends in the House Freedom Caucus couldn't believe what they were hearing.

It was the Monday night following Election Day, and lawmakers were trickling back into Washington to resume their congressional duties. The next day, House Republicans would hold closed-door elections to choose their leadership for the upcoming 115th Congress, and little drama was expected. Paul Ryan had angered many of the members by abandoning Donald Trump's candidacy a month before the election, but the president-elect had quickly and mercifully made it known that he wanted Ryan to remain speaker, extinguishing the fantasies of some conservatives who had plotted to overthrow him in the November 14 party elections.

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