Trump’s Rise Pressures Both Parties to Change

The dynamic could possibly make this year as transformative as the elections of 1932 or 1968—but predicting a realignment is tricky.

An attendee waves a campaign flag outside of an event for Donald Trump in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 6, 2016.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Daniel Akerson, a lifelong Republican, is voting for Hillary Clinton this fall. The Navy veteran and past chief executive officer and chairman of General Motors says Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be commander-in-chief. What Akerson says worries him more than that, though, is the possibility that Trump—and everything he represents—isn’t just a fluke but the future of the GOP. “I think there’s a real threat to the party,” he says. “It’s kind of unsettling to watch what’s going on.”

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