Ronald Reagan gave the Republican Party its biggest wins in the post-war era, brought up two generations of conservatives to emulate him, and gave the party new life after Richard Nixon trashed it. After Reagan, suddenly everyone was a conservative in the Republican party.
Donald Trump, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC, revealed his intent to define the Republican party away from conservatism.
Stephanopoulos was quizzing Trump about party unity, questioning his relationship with Speaker Paul Ryan, who so far has refused to support Trump. In discussing his willingness to meet with Ryan, he also said he doesn’t think the party has to be unified “in the traditional sense,” and went on to suggest the party should move away from conservatism:
But don’t forget: this is called the Republican party. It’s not called the Conservative Party. You know, there are Conservative parties. This is called the Republican party.
Well, I’m a conservative. If Trump doesn’t want me unified with him, that suits me fine. I was #NeverTrump before Aaron Gardner invented #NeverTrump.
Here’s the video: