Be it resolved: The survival of the Republican Party requires a clear and irrevocable break with Donald Trump
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Refusing to concede his loss to Joe Biden in November’s Presidential election. Pressuring the Secretary of State to invalidate Georgia’s votes. The President’s supporters storming the Capitol during the certification of electoral college votes. You can’t say that he didn’t warn us but the lengths to which President Donald Trump has been prepared to go to prevent a peaceful, post-election handover to the Joe Biden administration has convulsed the final days of his presidency and deepened the already profound divisions in America and also within the Republican party. But despite the profoundly anti-democratic events of the past two weeks supporters of Donald Trump say that it’s futile for the Republican Party to divorce itself from the man who last November enabled it to capture the most votes in the party’s history. They say that Trumpism is the Republican Party’s future, and that its populist rejection of elites and embrace of the concerns of disenfranchised middle-class voters its path to reelection in 2024. Republican critics of Donald Trump respond that the disastrous events of the past weeks are the culmination of four years of leadership that have been consistently at odds with the principles of Republicanism, at enormous cost to the party and the country. They say that it’s not too late to rescue the GOP. The Republican Party can claim a bright political future if it rebuilds itself as an inclusive and culturally modern party of the centre-right that focuses on healing, not exacerbating, America’s divides.
Arguing for the motion is David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, former speech writer for George W. Bush, and author of Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy.
Arguing against the motion is Stephen Moore, senior economic contributor at FreedomWorks, author of Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive our Economy, and former Senior Economic Advisor to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Sources: ABC, Washington Post, Vice News, WESH 2 News, Fox Business, NBC, Fivethirtyeight, Balitang America, Spectrum News, Global News, Euronews, CNN
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