Magazine February 8, 2021, Issue

Republican Riot

Former president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush greet then–president Donald Trump at Blair House in Washington, D.C., December 4, 2018. (Jim Young/Reuters)
And the road that led to it

Donald Trump did not come out of a clear blue sky. On that much, at least, everyone — his biggest fans, his critics on the right and the left, and all of those who don’t fit into those categories — can agree.

Supporters on the right tell a story that emphasizes rupture. Trump’s emergence was a reaction to a generation of Republican leaders who had gradually lost touch with their own voters. The leaders had become too complacent: about the economy, about immigration, about their own defeats, and finally about their position atop the Republican Party. Progressives emphasize continuity. For them, …

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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