A fresh start for Republicans can come only if they abandon authoritarian populism

January 18, 2021 ☼ gop

Source: The Washington Post - Link

But the Trump era has demonstrated the shocking fragility of democracy and the finely balanced contingency of history. The shift of tens of thousands of votes in key states could have reelected a president impatient with constitutional limits and learning to manipulate the levers of despotic control. For years, President Trump had been testing the weak spots in the balance of powers and grooming his mob as a tool of political intimidation. As long as elected Republicans were lowering taxes and racking up judicial confirmations, they offered almost no resistance to his creeping authoritarianism. It is an alarmingly open question whether the American political system would have survived a second Trump term.

An opinion piece, but I want a GOP that stands for decency and economic conservatism. Is it too much to ask for both?