Has Donald Trump Lost His Grip on the Republican Party?

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Donald Trump is running for president — again. Yet the results of last week’s midterms and the red wave that wasn’t signaled that perhaps Trump’s hold on the Republican Party isn’t so strong after all. But now that he’s back on the presidential stage, what does it mean for the future of the Republican Party? Today on “The Argument,” Jane Coaston convenes two conservative writers to provide an analysis of the party now. Ross Douthat is a columnist for Times Opinion and Kevin D. Williamson is a national correspondent for The Dispatch. Together they discuss the G.O.P.’s post-midterm vibes, how a Trump vs. DeSantis battle could play out and what the conservative movement really stands for.

Note: This episode contains explicit language.

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Read more from this episode:

  • Kevin D. Williamson’s guest essay, “Why Trump Could Win Again”

  • Ross Douthat’s newsletter for New York Times Opinion and his column “Did Ron DeSantis Just Become the 2024 Republican Frontrunner?”

  • Sohrab Ahmari’s guest essay, “Why the Red Wave Didn’t Materialize”

(A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)

Credit…Scott McIntyre for The New York Times

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