Our Republican president regards free markets with contempt

Trump is implementing the kind of crony capitalism favored by the strongmen he so admires

Don’t be alarmed if you see flames rising from the White House lawn. That’s only the bonfire of the pieties to which President Trump is consigning every belief that Republicans once held dear. Long ago incinerated are GOP claims to be the family values party, the law-and-order party and the fiscally conservative party. Those shibboleths went up in smoke when Republicans backed a president who pays off a porn star and endorses an alleged child molester for the Senate, assaults his own Justice Department while asserting that he is above the law, and runs up trillion-dollar deficits. The latest log on the fire is the Republican claim to be the party of free markets.

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