Charles Blow had me going up to this point when he described his putative constituencies of the GOP:
Trump elevated the coarsest constituencies of the party — the racists, the Nazis, the white supremacists and white nationalists, the xenophobes — while also charming and enchanting many of the shrinking number of moderates who once simply tolerated the radicals so that they could benefit from their contributions and votes.
Now, they are all part of the same racist, sexist, transphobic, Muslim and Mexican-hating circus, and he’s the ringmaster.
It may seem like nit-picking, but while Trump may have brought such types into the GOP (and even that may be uncharitable), I don’t think they were even as significant before Trump as Blow describes.
But then maybe Blow thinks that the cultural conservative element of conservative fusionism.
Anyone looking for a persuasive explanation of how Trumpism took over the GOP had better look elsewhere. Blow hasn’t got one.