How Much Do Republicans Have in Common with Trump?

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During these first days of Donald Trump’s Presidential transition, the elevator at Trump Tower has become a character in its own right. Whom does it carry up to meet the President-elect? Unable to get past the lobby, beat reporters have stationed themselves there and reported the comings and goings. Shinzō Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, went in. So did Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, and the Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, Trump’s nominee for Attorney General. Out came Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, who reportedly has expressed interest in working at the White House, and the retired general Michael Flynn, Trump’s new national-security adviser. The lobby became a scene. The lefty filmmaker Michael Moore hung out there with a camera crew, and a professional skateboarder named Billy Rohan claimed that he, too, had met with the President-elect. The answer to the underlying question—what types of Republicans are entering that elevator and, therefore, likely to staff this Administration?—has proved elusive, because they don’t come from a single ideological camp. Perhaps we are overthinking it, and their ideologies matter less than his. These are simply the Republicans who are interested in working for Donald Trump.

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