GMF Lunch: The Republican Party in 2016 with David Frum
On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, the Berlin office hosted an off-the-record lunch on the state of the Republican Party with David Frum, Senior Editor at The Atlantic. Sudha David-Wilp moderated the informal discussion and guests included representatives from the media, think-tank, and government. The overriding theme was to explore what this election year means for the future of the GOP.
The debate revolved around the Republican campaigns and the rifts within the party that have been revealed during the last few months. With Donald Trump emerging as the likely nominee, reactions among leading Republicans vary from supporting to strictly opposing him and calling for an independent candidate. Offering a historic perspective, David Frum placed this year’s race for the White House into the larger context of the U.S.’ two-party system and both parties’ development in the last few decades. The participants engaged in a lively discussion on foreign policy implications as well as possible answers to why many Americans seem to mistrust their own system.