08/10/2018

Trump’s Ultimate Disruption

Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal

Donald Trump’s disruptions to the domestic and global political order come and go so fast it can be difficult to assess their significance. Which parts are real and which parts are cotton candy?

The evening before the House election in Ohio’s 12th District, the Republican candidate said: “This has gained so much national attention, and we didn’t want that. We were trying to keep the national media out of it.”

Come again? Everyone knows that on Saturday President Trump sweated through an Ohio rally for a state senator whose name probably half the people reading this can’t identify as Troy Balderson.

The national media tsunami that just washed over central Ohio depicts Mr. Balderson as another anonymous foot-soldier in the Trump party, formerly known as the GOP. It is no doubt true that Mr. Trump, with his insistently constant public presence, has disrupted the already weak standard model of America’s political parties as arbiters of candidates and ideas.

If so, we shouldn’t let Mr. Trump’s feud with Charles and David Koch get flushed like so many others. It was a significant event.

In an interview, Charles Koch said trade wars and prosperity were incompatible and that his organization’s financial support wouldn’t depend on party affiliation.

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