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Trump’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers Ate the Republican Party

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It’s Halloween, which is comforting, because the post-apocalyptic vibe going on in our politics can at least be written off as ambiance. I’ve specifically struggled to come up with the perfect analogy to explain how otherwise normal conservatives turned into Donald Trump apologists, but the best example is The Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

A few years ago, conservative writer Jonah Goldberg made this very observation. Joking about his then-colleagues at National Review, Goldberg wrote, “I live in constant fear that I will run into Kevin Williamson, Charlie Cooke, or Rich Lowry and they will start telling me that Donald Trump is a serious person because he’s tapping into this or he’s willing to say that. I imagine my dog suddenly barking at them uncontrollably.”

I had that same feeling again this week, when story after story showed how some of the most respected conservative individuals, institutions, and outlets have been infected or replaced by alien duplicates. In reality, this didn’t happen overnight. But it’s impossible to escape the nightmarish conclusion that the slow-motion takeover of the GOP is now complete.

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