Charles J. Sykes, a former talk radio host in Wisconsin, is the author of How the Right Lost Its Mind. (November 2017)

Follow Charles J. Sykes on Twitter: @SykesCharlie.


Year One: The Mad King

An illustration showing knights pledging their allegiance to Charlemagne from a Venetian codex, fourteenth century

“We must never regard as ‘normal’ the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals,” said Senator Jeff Flake (Republican of Arizona). But the reality is that the GOP has, in fact, accepted the Trump New Normal. Even though other Republicans shared Flake’s views, few were willing to speak out, and the GOP’s surrender seems complete. Less than a year into his presidency, we hear the same question again and again: What will it take for Republicans to break with their Mad King?