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How white identity politics won the Republican civil war

How white identity politics won the Republican civil war

Update: 2019-07-1815
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Tim Alberta’s new book American Carnage documents “the Republican Civil War”: a decade-plus struggle over whether the Republican Party would build itself around white identity politics or try to reach out to a changing America.

Trump’s election settled the argument, and Alberta’s book tracks the way top Republicans processed that resolution — and submitted to their new reality — in real time. The profiles in courage are few and far between; the capitulations, however, are everywhere. Alberta takes us deep inside that process, and the quotes and stories he’s revealed already have top Republicans at each other’s throats.

This is a conversation about what the Republican Party has become, why Donald Trump won the fight for the party’s soul so decisively, why so many conservative politicians abandoned their loathing of Trump to embrace the power he offered, and what comes next. Alberta brings the receipts, and if nothing else, it’s a helluva portrait of how principles are traded for power.

Book recommendations:

The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright

War  by Sebastian Junger

Moneyball by Michael Lewis

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Justin M.J. Harris

such a good episode very easy to connect the points he was making to what's going on today

Jul 19th
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How white identity politics won the Republican civil war

How white identity politics won the Republican civil war

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