Will The GOP Split In Two?

We’ve seen this before with the Republican party. In 2009 the Tea Party movement divided the Republican party and saw sitting members of Congress being primarried out of office.

It looks as if the GOP is going through another Civil War. After a heated presidential primary that left its share of scars amongst its members and the election of a historically unpopular president, it looks like the Republican Party splitting in two is inevitable.

We saw signs early on after then candidate Trump started taking shots at party icon Senator John McCain. Talking heads assumed it would be the beginning of the end of the Trump campaign. Contrary to predictions, his poll numbers went up. We then saw Republican leaders starting to distance themselves from the campaign. Trump went on to attack members of both parties, campaigning on the promise that he would “Drain The Swamp”.

Then the October surprise of “Billy Bush Weekend”. More and more Republicans started dropping their endorsements of the Trump campaigns. On the record, Republicans started distancing themselves by saying while they support Trump’s policy, they denounce is behavior. The Trump campaign  paid attention to who was with them and who was against them.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has been constantly butting heads with Republican Congress. The President personally blames them for failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, publicly taking a swipe at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In the nearly eight months in office, the administration has failed to pass any significant legislation. Trump recently has been making deals across the aisle with Democrats further vexing Republican Party leaders.

Steve Bannon, the administration’s Chief Strategist, went on 60 Minutes Sunday and blasted GOP leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, accusing them of not wanting Trump’s “populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented”. Bannon’s comments seem to directly reflect the President’s “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” attitude.

With rumors of Paul Ryan, potentially positioning himself to primary the sitting President, could all of this be leading up to a full on split? Trump does have an unwavering base, with 82% approval rating among Republicans according to Fox News. Clearly, the GOP is going through a power struggle.

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