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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Trump, Corker, and Conservatism

In Defying the Odds, we explain that Trump and his allies have renounced the conservatism of Ronald Reagan. The update  -- recently published --includes a chapter on the 2018 midterms.

In American Carnage (p. 511), Tim Alberta quotes Bob Corker on the four things he believes:
I believe that America is a force for good in the world, that the post-World War II institutions have been mostly beneficial to the United States and its citizens...
I believe that free trade has been an outstanding thing for the American people and for our country and for our GDP...
I believe the fiscal issues matter....
And lastly I believe that the domestic institutions that are fundamental to our democracy are important.
Corker emphasizes that Trump believes none of these tenets of pre-Trump mainstream conservatism.