I’ve been writing a lot about Trump and the Republican Party recently. The last month has shown that Trump is going nowhere, and his most likely vehicle will be the now captive Republican Party.
This long read in the NYT on Trump’s influence over the GOP is essential reading on the topic. I found the idea that Trump’s primary appeal is his combative spirit quite interesting. His base values this because they believe themselves to be in an “existential war.”
If the article has a failing it is that its portrait style study leaves the explanation feeling overly psychological, too rooted in the idiosyncrasies of Trump’s personality. Still, I think it is perfectly consistent with more structural explanations if we simply ask why an increasing portion of the electorate feels themselves to be on the losing side of an existential war?
Please do read the whole thing.