Has GOP been rebranded as a Trump property?
Last week's Conservative Political Action Conference, featuring lengthy remarks from President Trump and his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, telegraphed their plans to commit the whole Republican Party to their concept of economic nationalism.
Bannon declared that Trump's "America First" slogan signaled his fight for the "deconstruction of the administrative state" by undoing Obama multilateral trade deals and other global arrangements intruding on American sovereignty.
He called Trump's decision to withdraw the country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement "one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history," adding, "we're a nation with an economy, not an economy just in some global marketplace with open borders but ... a nation with a culture and a reason for being."
Bannon also incorporated his and Trump's open war on the American news media, which has dubbed "the opposition party." He said "they're corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed ... to an economic nationalist agenda like Donald Trump has."