How The Swamp Sold Its Soul To Donald Trump

How the Swamp Sold Its Soul to Donald Trump

Trump gives the thumbs up on the South Lawn on August 25th.
By Alex Wong/Getty Images.

“From a personal standpoint, I think this president fucking sucks. He’s not even a Republican,” one Republican consultant told me, reflecting on the G.O.P.’s incipient existential crisis in the age of Donald Trump. For the first time, Washington’s Republican swamp creatures are confronted with a monster that is not of their own making: a president who is a reflexive tribalist but an unreliable conservative. It’s not exactly a crisis of conscience, at least not yet, but it’ …

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