If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed.......and we will deserve it. — Lindsey Graham, May 3, 2016
If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed.......and we will deserve it. — Lindsey Graham, May 3, 2016
For the first time, in the 2020 presidential election, the platform of the GOP was whatever that guy in the White House says. — Kevin Kosar, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and co-editor of the book 'Congress Overwhelmed'
The Republican Party is in a 'no-win situation' after the Capitol riot, and lawmakers will be watching closely to see if Trump is losing his grip on the base
  • Republicans are facing a "no-win situation" after the Trump presidency, experts told Insider.
  • How do they satisfy Trump supporters, avoid alienating moderate Republicans, and build the base?
  • And the biggest question on GOP lawmakers' minds is what Trump's next role will be within the party.
During the presidential primaries in 2016, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham made a now-infamous prediction for his party: "If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed … and we will deserve it."

... "For the first time, in the 2020 presidential election, the platform of the GOP was whatever that guy in the White House says," Kevin Kosar, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and co-editor of the book "Congress Overwhelmed," told Insider.

Trump basically set the agenda for the party the entire time he held power, even when that agenda contradicted traditional Republicanism, and even though many lawmakers were initially critical of him. Graham, for instance, went on to become one of Trump's most enthusiastic defenders.

And while lawmakers may have had different reasons for warming up to Trump, the simplest explanation is that he was popular with voters while being highly critical of any form of dissent. "Republicans felt they had to line up," Kosar said.


... During the Trump years, some traditional GOP values even fell by the wayside, Kosar said.

"Anti-free trade, attacking big tech, pushing away our international allies, stepping back from NATO. That was new to the Republican Party," he said. "Now that he's not here, they have to figure out what they stand for."
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