How a Defeated Trump Is Making a Muddle of the G.O.P.
The previous president’s instincts for red-meat political fights over governing and policymaking have left celebration leaders in a state of confusion over what they stand for.
As G.O.P. leaders and donors collect for a celebration retreat in Palm Seashore this weekend, with a facet journey to Mar-a-Lago for a reception with Mr. Trump on Saturday evening, the previous president’s pervasive affect in Republican circles has revealed a celebration completely animated by a defeated incumbent — a weird flip of occasions in American politics.
Barred from Twitter, quietly disdained by many Republican officers and lowered to receiving supplicants in his tropical exile in Florida, Mr. Trump has discovered methods to exert an nearly gravitational maintain on a leaderless celebration simply three months after the assault on the Capitol that his critics hoped would marginalize the person and taint his legacy.
They aren’t confused. They’re white supremacists with a cable community backing them.