Now a new book takes the argument even farther.
In “The Great Alignment: Race, Party Transformation, and the Rise of Donald Trump,” Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz argues that Trump is the product of an ongoing multigenerational process that has reshaped American politics.
In this view Trump is a striking result of that process but not a departure from what’s been happening for some time — and will likely continue along similar lines after he’s gone.
The book’s focus on voters and the broader public differs from Grossmann and Hopkins’ party-focused analysis but their long-term perspectives are complementary:
Both see the GOP as a conservative party in the sense meant by William F. Buckley: It is “standing athwart history yelling ‘Stop!'”
Abramowitz writes that ‘while Trump won the election by exploiting the deep divisions in American society he did not create those divisions’ and they won’t go away regardless of what becomes of his presidency.