by Monica Prasad, professor of sociology and faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She is the author of Starving the Beast: Ronald Reagan and the Tax Cut Revolution. –
The Republican Party is in crisis. Although more than 70 million Americans voted for President Donald Trump in November, since the election there has been a sharp drop in the number of Americans who call themselves Republicans—and that was before a pro-Trump mob besieged the U.S. Capitol.
There are three paths for the Republican Party, but only one path forward.
If the party is going to survive Trump, it needs to cut the extremists loose and craft a broader message. Here’s how that succeeded before.