Carl P. Leubsdorf: In today’s GOP, the only litmus test is loyalty to Trump | Columns

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DALLAS (Tribune News Service) — In the pre-Trumpian era, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert and Paul Gosar would have been treated as right wing curiosities, fringe figures outside the mainstream of the Republican Party.

Few in the political world would have taken them seriously. But the radicalization of the GOP under former President Donald Trump has elevated their role, along with other far-out GOP House members and state political figures.

Because of their ties to the former president, they now epitomize the GOP to at least as great an extent as elected leaders like Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy. The rise of fringe figures validates the concern of many of us that one unfortunate aspect of Trump’s election would be to empower the…

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