Seth Abramson @SethAbramson Attorney. @Newsweek columnist. NYT bestselling author of a book on Trump's Iran policy, Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, Professor. Oct. 29, 2019 1 min read

I'll say it until I'm blue in the face: Republicans up and down the line and in and out of DC are trashing any semblance of integrity they ever had because Trump has a gun to the head of the GOP and will pull the trigger and start a new far-right populist party if it betrays him

PS/ There should be *no* confusion over why Republicans are acting in a way that disgraces them, their children, their grandchildren and their party: Republicans believe they're in an all-out war for the longterm survival of the GOP, as Trump can end the party whenever he chooses

PS2/ Or, if it makes it easier to conceptualize, there *is* no GOP, so any individuals from what *used* to be the GOP wrongly identifying as such have to become Democrats, stop caring about politics, or ride out Trumpism until the moment years on they can safely betray the Trumps

PS3/ However you slice it, the fact remains you have a large number of people who've identified themselves, their value, and their work in the world by an idea called "Republicanism" that no longer exists, and all these folks now consider themselves to be in an existential crisis

PS4/ In any case, American media should be *very* clearly articulating the fact that what's currently called the "Republican Party" bears *no* relationship on any point of domestic or foreign policy to the *historic* Republican Party that existed in the U.S. up through early 2015

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