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What’s The Future Of The GOP Post-Trump?




U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during an event recognizing the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride in the East Room of the White House, April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC.
U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during an event recognizing the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride in the East Room of the White House, April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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In backing President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud, Republicans risk leaving millions of Americans with the false impression that the results of the 2020 race are illegitimate.

And that may be the point.

None of Trump’s legal challenges and assertions of voting irregularities has revealed any substantive issues with the election that would overturn the results. And some GOP lawmakers and party officials privately acknowledge that Trump has no choice but to step aside by Jan. 20 and cede power to President-elect Joe Biden.

Which leaves us asking, what will be the future of the GOP after Trump? Or will there even be an “after Trump” or is he the new direction of the GOP? What’s the best strategy for the Republican party going forward?

With files from the Associated Press. 

Guests:

Mike Madrid, co-founder of the Lincoln Project and Republican political strategist for the Sacramento-based public affairs firm GrassrootsLab; he tweets @madrid_mike

Pete Peterson, dean of the School of Public Policy and senior fellow at The Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University; he tweets @Pete4CA