— -- In a new video, FiveThirtyEight sets out to explain Trump's success and what his nomination means for the Republican Party. The video features analyses by FiveThirtyEight writers and various Republican strategists answering the question FiveThirtyEight’s politics editor Micah Cohen poses: “So what is the Republican Party?”
"Republicans didn't really have a great vision for themselves until Donald Trump," says FiveThirtyEight's Clare Malone.
Following its loss to President Obama in 2012, the Republican Party emphasized the importance of diversifying the party's base.
Despite this effort, the party ended up with a nominee who has tapped into a particular strain of identity politics. "The GOP has become a party of white identity that is, in some ways, unhappy with the direction that the country is going," Malone said.
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