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Apr 03 2019 14:21:57
Trump’s Takeover of the Republican Party Is Almost Complete
Supporters of President Trump at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on
Thursday. The Trump campaign has helped install allies in every state
important to the 2020 race.CreditTom Brenner for The New York Times
Image Supporters of President Trump at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich.,
on Thursday. The Trump campaign has helped install allies in every
state important to the 2020 race.CreditCreditTom Brenner for The New
By Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin
April 3, 2019
On Election Day in 2016, the Republican Party was divided against
itself, split over its nominee for president, Donald J. Trump.
In Ohio, a crucial battleground, the state G.O.P. chairman had
repeatedly chided Mr. Trump in public, amplifying the concerns of Gov.
John Kasich, a Republican dissenter. In New Hampshire, the party
chairman harbored deep, if largely private, misgivings about her
party’s nominee. The Republican Party of Florida was listing, hobbled
by local feuds and a rift between donors loyal to Senator Marco Rubio
and former Gov. Jeb Bush and those backing the man who humiliated both
in the primaries.
Those power struggles have now been resolved in a one-sided fashion. In
every state important to the 2020 race, Mr. Trump and his lieutenants
are in firm control of the Republican electoral machinery, and they are
taking steps to extend and tighten their grip.
It is, in every institutional sense, Mr. Trump’s party.
As Mr. Trump has prepared to embark on a difficult fight for
re-election, a small but ferocious operation within his campaign has
helped install loyal allies atop the most significant state parties and
urged them to speak up loudly to discourage conservative criticism of
Mr. Trump. The campaign has dispatched aides to state party conclaves,
Republican executive committee meetings and fund-raising dinners, all
with the aim of ensuring the delegates at next year’s convention in
Charlotte, N.C., are utterly committed to Mr. Trump.
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