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Weekly Standard: GOP in 'Surrender'

Weekly Standard: GOP in 'Surrender'
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By    |   Friday, 27 October 2017 10:31 AM

Whether they're retiring or capitulating, Republican lawmakers are in full surrender mode, allowing President Donald Trump to destroy the fabric of the party without so much as a fight, The Weekly Standard wrote in its November editorial.

Better to "go along to get along" because Trump is popular and they're not.

"The great bulk of elected Republicans have surrendered to the forces of Donald J. Trump. And they didn't even put up much of a fight," the editors wrote. "Has a hostile takeover of a historic institution ever been accomplished with less resistance? The flag of surrender went up before many blows were even landed."

The retirements of Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker "are accommodating their new masters before serious challengers are even on the horizon."

And where is Ted Cruz, who railed against Trump during the Republican primary? Now he's telling his petulant peers to "shut up and do your job."

"The base is said to be unhappy with dissent. Breitbart.com will criticize you. Steve Bannon may fund a primary challenger. Dissent is so 2016," the editors wrote.

"At times, it seems the GOP might be becoming a Bannonite nationalist party. At others, it seems more simply a Trumpian cult-of-personality. The result, right now, is a party that is simultaneously corrupted by Trump and disfigured by Bannonism," the editors continued.

"Robert Frost famously described a liberal as someone unwilling to take his own side in a fight. Will that be what is said of conservatives and Republicans? That they stood on the sidelines and watched as the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and Reagan was destroyed?"

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Whether they're retiring or capitulating, Republican lawmakers are in full surrender mode, allowing President Donald Trump to destroy the fabric of the party without so much as a fight, The Weekly Standard wrote in its November editorial.
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