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Blogger Jonathan Chait: GOP ‘Needs to Be Burned to the Ground and Rebuilt,’ and Trump Could Do the Job

Posted on 07 February 2016

In a Friday piece, New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait delved into why he’d welcome seeing Donald Trump atop this year’s Republican ticket. For one thing, there's the possibility of permanently driving a wedge between the party’s masses and its financial elite. “The GOP is a machine that harnesses ethno-nationalistic fear…to win elections and then, once in office, caters to its wealthy donor base,” argued Chait. “If, like me, you think the Republican Party in its current incarnation needs to be burned to the ground and rebuilt anew, Trump is the only one holding a match.” For another, Chait thinks that Trump would wind up governing as a sort of liberal, a la Arnold Schwarzenegger in California.