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The Republican Party is now the Trump Party

The GOP, which once fought for racial equality and free trade, is becoming a nationalist white Christian party that backs government aid for its favoured industries.

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The party that elected the first African-American senator in the last century - Edward Brooke in 1966 - now has very few black public figures among its leaders. It has become the nation's white party, peddling a form of "soft" racism that plays up issues of "us" and "them".

THE Republican Party has gone through several political and ideological metamorphoses since the middle of the 19th century when it emerged under the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln as the major driving force in the fight against slavery and in support of civil rights for blacks.

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