The Party of Lincoln Is Now the Party of Trump

The Party of Lincoln Is Now the Party of Trump
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Last year, as it became clear that Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination, analysts on both the right and the left speculated that millions of regular Republicans would be repulsed by his ethnonationalism and misogyny.

Writing in the Washington Post in August of 2016, Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster, warned:

Republicans running for election this year have watched the wheels coming off the Trump Train with increasing alarm. How can Republican candidates in down-ballot races survive such a calamitous nominee at the top of their ticket?

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