The civil war for the soul of the Republican Party may only grow more bitter.
The Tea Party-establishment battle has wreaked havoc on the party establishment for over a half-decade. The rise of Trumpism — nationalist, populist, at times racist — further scatters any chances of party unification following the most toxic presidential campaign in modern history.
“It’s not going away, it’s going to have major implications, and it is a giant cry in the dark,” said Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), a hardline conservative who doesn’t like Trump but has promised to back the nominee.
“I don’t think [voters] are far from the pitchforks level of frustration. … What exists in the political marketplace these days is dynamite, nitroglycerine, it’s extremely explosive and can go many different ways,” he said.
The establishment is greatly at odds with the Republican base. 85 percent of Republican voters are against trade agreements. Those agreements redistribute income from the 99 to the 1 percent. Trump railed against these scams. And so now the establishment is at odds with its base and its soon-to-be president.
The establishment has problems with the Koch Brothers Tea Party, and both have serious problems with Trump and the base.