Republican insiders keep insisting that Trump pivot. Really, pivot to where? The problem with the Republican Party is not Trump. The problem with the Republican Party is the Party. The reason Trump ran away with the nomination is because the party is who Trump is.

He can’t pivot toward sanity with out losing 70% of his most ardent backers. After 20 years of the party dog whistling to haters and know-nothings (via Fox News and rightwing talk radio) in order to gain an electoral edge, the party has become two bad parts.

There is the original Wall Street wing of the party best represented by House Speaker Paul Ryan — the establishment — preaching its standard ideology of small government, lower taxes and less regulation, all of it intended to help push more money up to the one percent. Then there is the insane heart of the current party that loves their wild and wacky Donald, representing about 25% of the total American electorate.

So I ask, where is poor Trump supposed to pivot? Without voter suppression and gerrymandering Republicans wouldn’t control a single branch of government. This is the reality of what the party has become and Trump, without pivoting to who knows where, fits right in.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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