Trump’s Crisis of Legitimacy

Nothing matters—until something matters. Helsinki is that something, and it will not stop mattering soon. In the aftermath, Republican leaders in Congress have felt obliged to state unequivocally that Russia did interfere with the election. But as they speak, they face an uncomfortable problem. Here’s Paul Ryan’s version of that problem. “They did interfere in…

The Biggest Spender of Political Ads on Facebook? President Trump

It’s official: President Trump is the single biggest political advertiser on Facebook. Mr. Trump and his political action committee spent $274,000 on ads on the social network since early May, outpacing the second-biggest spender, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood spent just over $188,000 on Facebook…

Is There a Future for Latino Republicans?

When Miami Mayor Francis Suarez—a Republican who voted for neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton in 2016—considers helping deliver the key state of Florida to his party’s nominee again in 2020, he sighs. “Oh, that’s a long time away,” he says. When asked about the lasting impact on the Republican Party’s support of President Trump’s…

Poll: Corruption message gaining traction against GOP

The Trump administration’s scandals threaten to take a toll on Republicans in battleground districts this fall, according to new polling suggesting “culture of corruption” messaging is gaining traction. Fifty-four percent of voters across 48 Republican-held congressional districts said Republicans are “more corrupt” than Democrats, compared with 46 percent who said Democrats are “more corrupt.” According…