Trump’s opponents will have to reckon with the fact that Trump still managed to claim the loyalties of nearly half of American voters.
The fact is, the Republican Party is molding to the man who led it these last four years, by thriving off the divides that have been growing for decades. With a disease run amok and an economy in a slump, the GOP script was to rule with a highly mobilized, strategically placed, political base, coupled to the resources of a few wealthy ideologues. That base is overwhelmingly male, working class, and more multi-racial than its critics realize. A surprising number of African-American and Hispanic men resonated to the Trump message and joined his maskless, flag-waving, legions.