The GOP does not stand for much of anything. Donald Trump has redefined the party as the “cult of personality”. There is no platform, no defining issues, no attempt to resolve the challenges facing us as a nation. The GOP is the party of no, the party without a purpose, the party that cares more about keeping power than the concerns of Americans.
“If you think about the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution—they’re all about ideas. Parties were supposed to be about ideas,” said Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman who ran a short-lived primary against Trump in 2020. ‘John Adams was an ornery guy, but he believed in his ideas. On the other side, Thomas Jefferson, he certainly didn’t live up to the ideas he espoused, but shoot, at least he talked about them. Nowadays, it’s just regression to the lowest common denominator on everything. It scares me. You keep going this way of cult of personality, you will kill our Republic.’
It can now safely be said, as his first term in the White House draws toward closure, that Donald Trump’s party is the very definition of a cult of personality. It stands for no special ideal. It possesses no organizing principle. It represents no detailed vision for governing. Filling the vacuum is a lazy, identity-based populism that draws from that lowest common denominator Sanford alluded to. If it agitates the base, if it lights up a Fox News chyron, if it serves to alienate sturdy real Americans from delicate coastal elites, then it’s got a place in the Grand Old Party.
‘Owning the libs and pissing off the media,’ shrugs Brendan Buck, a longtime senior congressional aide and imperturbable party veteran if ever there was one. ‘That’s what we believe in now. There’s really not much more to it.’” Politico
The GOP is all about the negative, all about the attack, all about demeaning the opposition…this is the GOP Donald Trump wants because it appeals to his base…a base he knows will react to every Tweet tearing down the opposition with propaganda giving the base the fuel to hate.
The GOP is Donald Trump. The GOP is Donald Trump’s cult of personality instead of a party with ideas regardless of whether you agree with those ideas or not.