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During a typical week in late May, Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the U.S. presidency, grabbed headlines yet again.Starting early in Barack Obama's presidency, as tea party populists took center stage, Trump became popular, because he championed efforts to delegitimize America's first black president. An April 2011 opinion poll found Trump leading all GOP presidential contenders for 2012, with especially strong backing from Republicans who firmly believed that Obama, as Trump insisted, had not been born in the United States, as the U.S. Constitution requires.No major U.S. party has offered such a program, and even now GOP leaders and major funders, having moved the party further toward the free-market right during the Obama years, oppose it.With U.S. conservative media putting out a steady stream of racial innuendo, the GOP's discourse was thoroughly debased well before candidate Trump, himself a media player, came along.GOP politicians, funders, and advocacy group leaders are now trying to convince themselves that Trump, in the White House, could be managed to implement the Republican agenda.
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