The red ‘Make America Great Again’ hats poured out of the House Republican conference Tuesday– the signal that the party has fully drunk the Donald Trump Kool-aid it was resisting little more than a week ago.
It was the first full conference meeting in the wake of Trump’s stunning election win. Members had been back home, in their districts, trying carefully to balance their bombastic nominee with their own re-elections. In the end, it turned out Trump’s vision helped them.
Now, even Republicans who once kept their distance from their party’s nominee, wanted to be on the right side of their new President. But the cognitive dissonance between what House GOP leaders were saying about Trump before the election and what they’re saying now was not lost on some members.