Trump has vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
And, in the process, he has turned the GOP’s support for the health law into an argument for Trump, a new book by journalist Adam Davidson argues.
Davidson’s new book, Trump: The Making of a Presidential Candidate, chronicles the rise and fall of the businessman and the rise of a movement that has been gaining momentum for the last few years.
Trump is a product of a very specific moment in history.
In March of 2016, his campaign for the presidency began with a tweet.
And he quickly became a political phenomenon.
In that tweet, he declared that he had “made America great again.”
“The country will be great again.
The tweet was part of a larger push to build a brand that would make him a powerful and influential leader.
It became the template for a campaign that would shape the course of American history.
Trump’s rise in the polls in the weeks following the tweet began to resonate.
It was a moment that could have easily turned into an outlier — one that only his base would have appreciated.
But it also began a narrative that would be woven throughout the years to come.
The first major piece of evidence to prove that Trump’s campaign was not a grassroots movement was an analysis of the numbers.
A New York Times poll published in November of that year found that less than half of Republicans were familiar with the Affordable Health Care Act (or Obamacare).
And Trump had already made a name for himself in the early months of his candidacy.
He was the only Republican running for president who was not running on a platform to repeal the health care law.
This, according to Davidson, was “a signal to voters that the GOP was in the pocket of the Trump movement.”
The next month, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a poll that showed that only 32 percent of Republicans knew that Trump had a policy plan to repeal Obamacare.
“By March of 2017, the Trump campaign was in full swing,” Davidson writes.
“And in an unprecedented move, Trump had declared that the Republican party was in bed with the Clintons.”
The RNC poll revealed that Republicans were not convinced that Trump would ever lead the GOP.
He had only won the nomination after the campaign had turned into a national movement.
“But, in this campaign, Trump did lead the Republican presidential field, and in some ways, it was a great thing,” Davidson says.
“It allowed Republicans to see the potential of the movement they had just watched transform the country.”
The Trump campaign began to play out in earnest in early June, when a poll found that more than half the country had a favorable view of Trump.
The poll also showed that more Republicans believed that the health-care law was hurting the country than that it was helping it.
A week later, Trump announced that he was officially running for President.
He then took the Republican nomination to the state of Iowa.
“We had an enormous grassroots response to this,” Davidson explains.
“The message to Trump was clear: You’re not the problem.
You’re the problem is the GOP.”
The movement Trump built is now a major part of the Republican agenda.
According to Davidson’s book, the movement is being led by three factions: the “birthers,” who believe that the election of Barack Obama as president was stolen from them; the “Never Trumpers,” who fear that Trump is not a conservative, and who are trying to convince the American people that he is; and the “Trumpsters,” who are the true conservatives.
“You can’t have a movement without a leader, and the leader of the GOP is the guy who gets his party elected,” Davidson tells Recode.
“So the Trumpsters are going to be a major, major part in the Republican campaign for 2020.”
The birther movement and the Never Trumpers are the largest political movement in American history, Davidson says, adding that they have made it their mission to discredit the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency, which he says was stolen.
And the Never Trumps have a long history of making false claims about Obama and Clinton, with some of the most outlandish conspiracy theories in American politics.
“There are people in the NeverTrump movement who are willing to lie to get their way,” Davidson adds.
“Some of them are willing even to lie for the Trump cause.”
The Never Trussers have built a political movement around a conspiracy theory that the Clintons are actually responsible for the economic downturn and the global economic crisis.
The NeverTrussers believe that Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton are behind the Great Recession, the global financial crisis, and that the US government has failed to keep pace with rising health care costs.
They believe that Bill Clinton was responsible for “The Benghazi Cover-Up,” a plot to kill former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The conspiracy theory gained momentum as the 2016 campaign began.
A number of Trump supporters also