The Republican Party is in danger of falling further into disarray.
The GOP, as it’s been known since World War II, is now a party divided.
A lot of GOPers have been working on a set of principles to make the party more cohesive and effective, and that’s good.
But the party is facing a new reality: Trump has broken party norms, and the GOP has no alternative to him.
That’s the conclusion of the National Review editorial board, which called on Trump to step aside, and it was echoed by Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, as well as Trump’s former chief of staff, Paul Manafort.
Manafort’s call to Trump was a classic example of what the Republican Party will inevitably be facing as it moves toward the next generation.
Manafort, like many of Trump’s loyalists, has been using the power of his position to push for his own agenda.
In fact, Manafort has been more active in his role than the RNC, which has largely remained silent on Manafort’s work.
But now, Manafort is gone.
The former general is the new face of the GOP, a powerful ally of Trump and a thorn in the side of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican.
He’s also running a presidential campaign for 2020, and his campaign is using Manafort’s political connections to boost Trump and make the nominee appear more popular.
The RNC has remained mum on the matter.
It’s a curious decision for the party.
Manafort was widely expected to play a major role in the nomination process and in the election itself.
Manafort played a crucial role in helping to elect Trump to the presidency.
He also helped Trump win the Republican nomination in 2016, and he’s been a frequent visitor to the White House.
It would be hard to find a more successful general election campaign than that.
Trump and Manafort, who has been linked to several investigations, have been accused of using their position to promote Trump’s political agenda.
Manafort has also been accused by a number of former Trump campaign aides of taking money from Russia during the 2016 election.
The fact that Manafort was in the process of working on Trump’s campaign, and was taking money, should raise red flags.
Manafort also appears to have worked with the Russians during the campaign, but he has denied these claims.
Manafort is the latest Republican to take a position against Trump, and not the last.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has endorsed Hillary Clinton, and House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he plans to support her if she is elected.
But in a sign that the GOP is becoming increasingly fractured, several prominent GOP figures are now openly opposing Trump, including former Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who is considered one of Trump ‘s closest allies.
Corker was the architect of the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump has said will make Iran the world’s number one nuclear power.
And his decision to endorse Trump is a sign of how deeply the GOP now views Trump, not just as a potential president, but as an ally.
It seems unlikely that the Trump administration will ever fully embrace the new norms, or that it will abandon its reliance on Manafort as a powerful, effective, unelected political operator.
The National Review was not the first to raise concerns about Manafort’s influence in the party, and even before his ouster, many GOPers had expressed concerns.
There are still plenty of reasons to be concerned about the direction the GOP will go in.
Republicans may have moved away from a focus on the economy, foreign policy, and immigration in recent years.
And the GOP hasn’t embraced Trump’s hard-line immigration stance.
But many of these problems can be fixed.
A Republican Party that is unified and has a strong agenda, and is not in a state of panic, can be a party that can govern successfully in the years ahead.
And that’s the Republican message that has been missing from the GOP in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.
That message will be important in the next election.
In the meantime, the Trump era has made the GOP less cohesive.
In its place, it’s a party fractured.
Trump’s success has created a sense of betrayal among Republicans.
The party has been divided for decades, and this election may be the moment for them to get together and form a new party that reflects their values and represents them.
It will be a difficult, long process, but it will happen.