Editorial: Republicans must heed the message from California and consign Trump to the past

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Chicago Tribune

The name Donald J. Trump is toxic for Republicans. It doesn’t matter if they’re Illinois Republicans, Indiana Republicans or members of the Grand Old Party on Mars. That’s the clear message for the GOP from the California recall debacle. Despite very real misgivings about California Gov. Gavin Newsom among moderates and swing voters, all the Democrats had to do was whisper the word “Trump” and those worries evaporated at mere mention of the boogeyman. In order to win, Republicans needed to make the recall vote about issues endemic to California; this was, after all, a gubernatorial contest and…

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