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In J.D. Vance’s primary, nonstop Trump-worship shows the perils of populism

Posted on AllSides January 30th, 2022
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(Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

Here’s an unsettling thought: In GOP primaries, declaring unshakable fealty to the mythology that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump is becoming a bedrock condition of political survival. This is becoming so routine that it’s hardly newsworthy anymore — which only risks normalizing it further.

That’s the takeaway from the latest news out of the Senate primary in Ohio, where J.D. Vance is facing former state treasurer Josh Mandel and several other candidates. The race has featured a kind of loyalty competition, in which displays of fealty to Trump’s 2020...

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