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History Lesson: Trump’s Rise Might Signal the Collapse of the Republican Party, with Sean Wilentz

History Lesson: Trump's Rise Might Signal the Collapse of the Republican Party, with Sean Wilentz

Princeton historian Sean Wilentz says that from a historical perspective the rise of Donald Trump signals the end of the Republican Party as we know it — and a worrisome new politics. Wilentz’s new book is “The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics” (http://goo.gl/eZNJVT).

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Transcript – The Reagan coalition was based on an alliance between on the one hand small government for big business conservatives on the one hand and the kind of cultural resentments, especially among white working-class Americans, on the other. They held those together. It was a very reliable way for the Republican Party to retain national power. I think that’s come unglued. It’s come unglued for a variety of reasons, 2008 being one of them because the Republicans had not much to offer their working class followers except what, more tax cuts? Cut Social Security? Donald Trump understood that. That was one of the reasons that he was able to come in and take the nomination for himself.

He understood the class aspects of all of this in a way that the Republican establishment just did not. They were coming for all the old bromides and he came along and said no, no, no. He had the tax issues – but can we can even compromise on the tax stuff. Minimum wage, maybe not such a bad idea, but free-trade, free-trade, free-trade. I’m going to be the man who can make the deals. Now, that is not the typical Republican establishment or even typical Republican line.

So he was able to move to the left, if you will. So he’s on the left of the Republican Party, he’s more like Bernie Sanders in many ways on some issues than he is like in the Republican Party. And at the same time he’s doing all the xenophobia, the racism and all of that. So where is the center to all of that? I don’t know, which is really what makes him I think, and this is where the Clinton people have to be very concerned, it makes him a very unpredictable candidate. It makes him very difficult to gauge. You kind of knew what you were getting with, certainly if Jeb Bush had gotten the nomination or if Ted Cruz had gotten the nomination, two very different people, you kind of knew what was there. With Trump, who changed position that he held at 9:00 in the morning with great fervor, can change it all by 4:00 in the afternoon. I mean this makes it – we’re not dealing in a fact-based universe here, we’re dealing in reality television. It’s something that no political consultant I think has quite figured out.

If he becomes president will he be able to do everything that he says he’s going to do? No. We do still have a constitution. If he suspends the constitution, as you might imagine in some fantasy, we were under great attack or something and he suspends the constitution, then there we have a crisis that we’ve never faced as a country before except possibly in the case of secession in 1860 to ’61 where that was a constitutional crisis that ended up in with 750,000 a military dead. I don’t want to go through that again.
But can Trump do whatever he wants as president? Can he become a dictator? Only by suspending the constitution of the United States. Under the constitution of the United States there are plenty of checks and balances on him. Not as much as you might like it though, from the military he is commander and chief so it would be a crisis presidency. Read The Full Transcript Here: http://goo.gl/hzBwwE.
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Trump’s conflicts are unprecedented, but not unique A short history of Republican corruption

Trump’s conflicts are unprecedented, but not unique A short history of Republican corruption

Trump Breaking News Network -Trump’s conflicts are unprecedented, but not unique A short history of Republican corruption.

President Trump’s conflicts of interest are so vast and ubiquitous (and transparent) that it has almost become a platitude just to mention them at this point. Everyone with common sense knows that Trump’s separation from his multi-billion dollar business — currently being run by his children, who are in regular contact with their father — is a charade. Yet only Democrats (and a tiny handful of principled Republicans) seem to care in Washington.

Trump’s dissociation from his business is analogous to the farce of modern campaign finance law, in which political campaigns are technically prohibited from coordinating with corporate-funded Super PACs, yet do it with impunity because Republican commissioners on the FEC refuse to enforce the law. In a speech at the Brookings Institution last month, Walter M. Shaub Jr., director of the Office of Government Ethics, asserted that Trump “stepping back from running his business is meaningless from a conflict of interest perspective,” and that “limiting direct communication about the business is wholly inadequate. … There’s not supposed to be any information at all.”

According to a recent New York Times report, however, it turns out that Trump isn’t “limiting direct communication” as much as he had suggested. The president will “receive reports on any profit, or loss, on his company as a whole,” write Times reporters Susanne Craig and Eric Lipton, and can revoke the authority of his eldest son and his CFO, Allen H. Weisselberg, “at any time.” In addition, the purpose of the “Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust is to hold assets for the ‘exclusive benefit’ of the president.”

So Trump’s separation from his business empire is even more of a farce than previously thought. It would be naive to expect Republican politicians to change their tune in the near future. The GOP’s attitude towards corruption was made clear last month when Shaub’s uncontroversial remarks cited above, which only stated the obvious, prompted Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House Oversight Committee — and who never flinched at investigating the exaggerated misdeeds of Hillary Clinton — to threaten an investigation of Shaub himself, rather than the president. It should be obvious by now that opposing corruption has become a partisan issue in Washington, and that the vast majority of Republicans simply do not care about people in power breaking the law — unless, of course, such people happen to be Democrats.

Some liberals and Independents have been shocked at how shamelessly Republicans appear to disregard the endless conflicts of interest and open corruption of the new president. They shouldn’t be. Republicans have long been tolerant of powerful elites breaking the law — in government and the private sector — just as they have long been receptive to “alternative facts.” A politician who lies as blatantly and frequently as Trump does could only succeed in a party where falsehoods have become the rule, just as a politician as openly corrupt and hostile to the rule of law as Trump is could only succeed in a party that has become completely tolerant of corruption and unethical behavior by those in power.




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Melania Trump’s full speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention

Melania Trump, businesswoman and Donald Trump’s wife, spoke Monday at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Donald Trump introduced Melania after walking out to the song “We are the Champions” by Queen.

Melania Trump described the Republican presidential nominee as intensely loyal to his family, friends and country.

“I can tell you with certainty that my husband has been concerned about our country for as long as I have known him,” Melania Trump said.

Republican Party leaders are growing increasingly concerned about Donald Trump’s ability to win the White House after a difficult week for his campaign and his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton with a lead in most national polls. Trump’s week has included a series of missteps that include an ongoing feud with a Gold Star family and suggesting the November election will be rigged. Clinton faced ongoing questions about her answers regarding her private email server.

Watch Eric Trump’s full speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention

Eric Trump, son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, spoke Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Donald Trump officially accepts the GOP presidential nomination, and Ted Cruz refuses to endorse the billionaire mogul.

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