It's an election like no other, and it's one that the Republican Party may not survive. The #NeverTrump camp argues that the out-of-control candidate is destroying the Republican brand, as well as decimating GOP chances of holding a majority in Congress. Others point out that if the Democrats survived Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, the GOP can survive Trump. #TrumpsKillingGOP or #GOPWillSurvive? VOTE BELOW!
Trump's incendiary rhetoric towards Mexicans, Muslims, African-Americans, and women have for many cemented the Republican Party's association with racism, sexism, and xenophobia. In a nation quickly becoming minority-majority and where women are a dominant voting bloc, that's a formula for political extinction.
A new article in Time magazine claims that Trump is melting down, and since the GOP is handcuffed to him they're going down as well. Republican leadership has already told struggling congressional candidates they are free to disassociate themselves from their presidential candidate, but doing so will enrage Trump's hard-core supporters. For down-ticket Republicans, it seems there are no good choices.
Others think the party may struggle, but will survive Trump. The Democrats have in many ways reinvented themselves—perhaps a Trump-induced schism would be the best thing that could happen for the GOP.
Many old-school Republicans think the party can survive, but only if they disavow their out-of-control, unqualified nominee and focus on rebuilding. Otherwise, the taint of Trump could haunt them permanently.