What should the Republican party look like after Donald Trump? For many prominent establishment figures, including those behind The Lincoln Project, the GOP has lost its way. The only way back, they say, is to purge the forces that brought Trump to power. But others warn that rejecting the millions of voters who supported the former president is the wrong call for the American right. Rather, the GOP should instead double down, focus on bridging the establishment and grassroots factions of their party, and find a way to move forward together. In light of shifting political sands, we ask: Has the GOP lost its way?
Core Republican principles, such as smaller government and fiscal conservatism, have been called to question under the Trump administration.
States once considered safe havens for the Republicans, such as Georgia, are now in the hands of the Democrats. The Republican party lost control of the executive and legislative branches of government.
The Trump administration has deepened social, economic, and political divisions in the nation, and the GOP should denounce the current direction of the Republican party.
Prioritizing an “America First” strategy, be it domestic or foreign policy, resonates with voters and is a platform worth pursuing for future elections.
The Republican party has expanded its voter base, including breaking records among minority voters. Plus, the Republican party secured a conservative-leaning Supreme Court.
The GOP is not synonymous with the Trump administration. But even if it were, there are lessons to learn from both Trump’s grassroots efforts and the energizing style of his campaigns.