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How white identity politics won the Republican civil war

July 18, 2019 05:00

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Tim Alberta’s new book American Carnage documents “the Republican Civil War”: a decade-plus struggle over whether the Republican Party would build itself around white identity politics or try to reach out to a changing America. Trump’s election settled the argument, and Alberta’s book tracks the way top Republicans processed that resolution — and submitted to their new reality — in real time. The profiles in courage are few and far between; the capitulations, however, are everywhere. Alberta takes us deep inside that process, and the quotes and stories he’s revealed already have top Republicans at each other’s throats. This is a conversation about what the Republican Party has become, why Donald Trump won the fight for the party’s soul so decisively, why so many conservative politicians abandoned their loathing of Trump to embrace the power he offered, and what comes next. Alberta brings the receipts, and if nothing else, it’s a helluva portrait of how principles are traded for power. **Book recommendations:** [ _The Looming Tower_](https://www.amazon.com/Looming-Tower-Al-Qaeda- Road-11/dp/1400030846) by Lawrence Wright [_War_](https://www.amazon.com/WAR-Sebastian-Junger/dp/0446556246) _ _ by Sebastian Junger [_Moneyball_](https://www.amazon.com/Moneyball-Art-Winning-Unfair- Game/dp/0393324818) by Michael Lewis ******************************************************* **Want to get in touch with the show? Send us a message at**[ **[email protected]**](mailto:[email protected]) The Ezra Klein Show has been nominated for best Society- culture podcast in this year’s People’s Choice Podcast Awards! Cast your vote for The Ezra Klein Show at before July 31st. One vote per category. Read more
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