Now It’s the Grand Old Insurrectionist Party

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The coup attempt turned into a road map for the national GOP. Whether democracy survives is up to us.

The defeat of Donald Trump in 2020 was supposed to put an end to America’s delusional national politics.

The quashing of the January 6 insurrection—and the brief, near-unanimous revulsion among members of Trump’s party for that violence—provided some hope that the fever dream had passed.

Trumpism, which started out as a simple-minded rejection of the status quo, has become something else: a thorough rejection of democratic procedures and a darkly conspiratorial hatred of federal power.

But the last year demonstrated quite the opposite. Trumpism, which started out as a simple-minded rejection of the status quo, has become something else: a thorough rejection of democratic procedures and a darkly conspiratorial hatred of federal power.

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