Pat Buchanan

Witcover: Fracturing the GOP: Trump continues a tradition

Witcover: Fracturing the GOP: Trump continues a tradition

President Trump's sudden pivot to cooperation with congressional leaders to advance hurricane relief and raise the federal debt limit signals a potential disintegration of the Republican Party, as two conservative factions intensify their opposition to its diminishing moderate wing.

Both the House Freedom Caucus, which stands firm against federal expansionism, and Stephen Bannon's Breitbart News, the ultranationlist and populist website now flexing its muscles, are making rebellious noises. They are aimed not only at Mr. Trump but also at House Speaker Paul Ryan as keeper of the GOP establishment flame.

Mr. Trump's decision to start doing business with Capitol Hill Democrats...

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