Must Supporters Let Trump Be Trump? By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Like a passenger on a sinking ship, the president has been throwing one longstanding position after another overboard like so much dead weight. His closest advisers, biggest boosters, and some members of his family are at war with one another, in a pitched battle to steer the president in their preferred direction. From balancing the budget to relations with Russia, each faction thinks it’s fighting for the president’s true convictions and the issues that got him elected. “Such incidents,” the New York Times put it, “indicate that the struggle for the President’s mind between two camps, pragmatists and purists, has intensified.” This might sound familiar. But that quote comes from 30 years ago. Then–New York Times reporter Steven Roberts was writing about the great battle between the Republican establishment types and the true-believing conservatives who’d been with Reagan for decades.