How Trump remade the Republican Party in his image

This is going to be a post framed from a partisan Republican perspective. The nomination fight over Supreme Court Associate Justice made the Republican Party close ranks to rally around their embattled nominee. In the end, Donald Trump came out the big winner here, as he has now taken over the Republican Party lock, stock and barrel. Here's how he did it.
The Nativist Rockefeller Republican
Let's go back to the presidential election. After a bitter election battle, first in the Republican primaries against Never Trumpers and then against the ultimate establishment Democrat Hillary, Donald Trump emerged victorious. Here's how I described the chance for Trump to reshape his party after he secured the presidency in November 2016:
With the Republicans taking both houses of Congress as well as ...

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