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Timothy L. O'Brien

Crash Course: Donald Trump Vs. the Republican Party

The most disruptive president of the modern era has set lots of wrecking balls in motion. Just ask Maggie Haberman.

He likes to break things.

He likes to break things.

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I can’t imagine a more disruptive politician than Donald Trump. After rolling down a Trump Tower escalator in 2015 to declare what became his first successful presidential bid, he proceeded to upend and warp political, civil and legal norms. And he forced Americans to examine myths they’ve told themselves about tolerance, progress and shared values and goals.

This has spawned an array of disruptions and learning moments – including Trump’s collision with the GOP, the Republican Party’s collision with itself, and the ongoing polarization of Republicans and Democrats. All of that led to the recent cage match in Congress over who Republicans would nominate as the next Speaker of the House; hand-wringing within the party over whether Trump can be a successful presidential standard bearer in 2024; and who will be best situated to represent Democrats in that same race.