Has the GOP abandoned its core beliefs? | The Tylt
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) made headlines with a scathing editorial criticizing his party for putting "our institutions and our values" at risk by doing nothing to check "an executive branch in chaos." Conservatives like David Brooks, Bill Kristol, Jennifer Rubin, and George Will believe the GOP has betrayed its core principles. But others say Trump has infused the party with new life by discarding outdated conservative doctrine, embracing populism, and putting America first. What do you think? 🐘
Has the GOP abandoned its core beliefs?
Flake says "it is clear that we all but ensured the rise of Donald Trump" by going along with his campaign, and now his administration, in the hopes that the GOP could achieve policy goals by cooperating with him. He says congressional Republicans cannot abdicate their duty to act as a check on the executive branch.
If this was our Faustian bargain, then it was not worth it. If ultimately our principles were so malleable as to no longer be principles, then what was the point of political victories in the first place?
But others are pushing back strongly against Flake's critique. Republicans promote Judeo-Christian, Biblical values as part of their platform, and evangelicals support President Trump like no other candidate in history.
White evangelicals are, in many ways, the backbone of the Republican party, and they approve of Trump's priorities and agenda wholeheartedly.
Many religious conservatives who endorsed Trump have been waiting for him to continue fulfilling a series of promises he made during his campaign. After years of battling with the Obama administration, many of them see Trump as a breath of fresh air.During the election, Trump made a special effort to reach out to white evangelicals in particular... He received support from other religious groups, but white evangelicals voted for him overwhelmingly (exit polls showed 80 percent) compared to other groups.
Michael Gerson points to viral conspiracy theories in conservative media as evidence that Trumpism has corrupted the GOP.
Those conservatives who believe that the confirmation of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch is sufficient justification for the Trump presidency are ignoring Trump’s psychic and moral destruction of the conservative movement and the Republican Party....Trump is doing a kind of harm beyond anything Clinton could have done.
But others point to President Trump's successes, particularly his appointments of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, along with the fact that he helped Republicans win back Congress, as evidence that the GOP still has mass appeal. What good are principles if you can't win elections?
Others say the appointment of Gorsuch wasn't worth it.
Gorsuch notwithstanding, social conservatives' bargain with Trump will turn out to be a disaster for what remains of social conservatism.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 26, 2017