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Wake up, GOP challengers: This is Trump’s party now

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The single most important fact of Republican life in 2019 is this: The GOP is Donald Trump’s party now.

When the GOP chose Trump as its presidential candidate in 2016, traditional Republican conservatives of the Buckley-Goldwater-Reagan school were forced to consider how far they might go to accommodate the ascendant nationalist-populist movement embodied by Trump.

Some of them took a genuinely sympathetic view of Trump partisans who feel left behind by the elite-dominated politics of Washington and hoped to articulate a new class-solidarity synthesis on the right, while others cynically believed that they could simply redirect Trump and Trumpism to their own ends.

All of them miscalculated. The question wasn’t whether there was a place for Trump in the Republican Party, but whether there remains a place for the conservatives opposed to him and his agenda.

The Trump campaign in 2016 did not transform the Republican Party: It revealed the Republican party.

The elements of Trumpism already were there: the........

© New York Post