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Trump’s ‘cult-like control’ of Republican party grows stronger since insurrection

By David Smith

05 Jan 2022 · 6 min read

Whether it was praising white supremacists, siding with Vladimir Putin or suggesting bleach as a coronavirus cure, there was nothing that Donald Trump could do to make the Republican party fall out of love with him.

Then came 6 January, and – for a brief moment – it seemed that was no longer true.

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