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Republican politicians can’t criticize Trump for being what he also was when they supported him in the first place

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If Trump wants to keep palling around with Nazis, most Republican elites are cool with that:

Republican lawmakers have largely remained silent in the wake of former President Trump’s dinner with antisemitic rapper Ye and white nationalist Nick Fuentes, reviving a tactic they frequently relied on during his presidency.

Driving the news: Spokespeople for nearly two dozen House and Senate Republicans — including party leaders, co-chairs of caucuses and task forces focused on Judaism or antisemitism and sponsors of legislation to combat antisemitic hate crimes — did not respond to requests for comment.

Why it matters: The dynamic highlights the stranglehold Trump still has on the Republican Party outside a small group of vocal critics, even in the aftermath of poor performances by his handpicked candidates in the midterm elections.

It’s still his party, and as long as it is warm relations with completely open white nationalists and anti-Semites are just part of the deal Republicans accept in the cases where they are not themselves open white nationalists and anti-Semites.

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