Rick Santorum

Witcover: Trump's party apostasy

Witcover: Trump's party apostasy

All through Donald Trump's hostile takeover of the Republican Party last year, his masquerading as a loyal foot soldier in the ranks was transparently shallow. Now his deal with Democratic congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, tying hurricane relief to raising the federal debt limit, has stripped away his mask.

Faced with the choice of being seen as guardian angel of the Texas and Florida hurricane victims, or as the Grinch who stole Christmas from the nearly 800,000 young immigrant "dreamers" facing deportation, Mr. Trump's pick was obvious. He played the good-guy card on swift hurricane relief and passed the buck on the latter concern, with a half-promise...

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