The Republican Party Has Defeated Donald Trump

The Republican Party Has Defeated Donald Trump
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After Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress last month—a high-water mark for the president's popularity with elite political pundits—conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks penned a piece titled “Trumpism at Its Best, Straight Up.” Brooks attempted to define Trump's political philosophy as an “utter repudiation of modern conservatism,” which he defined as foreign policy hawkishness, social conservatism, and fiscal hawkishness. “For the last 40 years, the Republican Party has been a coalition of [these] three tendencies,” he wrote. “Trump rejected or ignored all of them.”

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