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Illusions of Post-Trump Bipartisanship – The American Prospect

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There is a fair amount of wishful thinking about Republican legislators deserting Donald Trump. The signs are all around us of other Republicans distancing themselves from Trump—Reagan- and Bush-era alums, former military and intelligence officials, and of course the brilliant folks behind the Lincoln Project.

But GOP senators and members of the House are in no rush to undermine Trump. The reason is that the Republican base remains mostly Trumpian.

When a Ben Sasse makes disparaging comments about Trump in a phone call with supporters, it’s more about Sasse’s plans to be a possible contender to succeed Trump than a principled distancing from Trumpism. And when 25 Republican House members, with the tacit OK of…

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