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Witcover: Can the Grand Old Party survive Trump?

Witcover: Can the Grand Old Party survive Trump?

Donald Trump's legal but destructive hijacking of the Oval Office has taken the Republican Party with it. The party of Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan is now a mere shadow of the former bastion of economic and moral conservatism that once had a leavening effect on the nation's civic and civil public discourse.

In its place is a fearful shell of Republican accommodation with Mr. Trump's chaotic, irreverent and corrupt words and actions as president, which ignore or dishonor America's pillars of democratic government.

On the recent congressional resolution opposing Mr. Trump's naked usurpation of Congress's constitutional power of the purse, the House of...