It Didn’t Start with Trump: The Decades-Long Saga of How the GOP Went Crazy

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It Didn’t Start with Trump: The Decades-Long Saga of How the GOP Went Crazy

From Mother Jones | Politics by David Corn

Adapted from David Corn's "American Psychosis: An Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy", published by Twelve.

Since the 1950s, the GOP has repeatedly mined fear, resentment, prejudice, and grievance and played to extremist forces so the party could win elections.

In my book American Psychosis: A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy, I lay out this sordid history in great detail. But even a highlight reel makes it clear that the GOP has bowed to, depended on, and promoted far-right extremists and conspiracists for the past 70 years. Trumpism is the continuation, not a new version, of Republican politics.

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