Steve Coll, who helped draft the GOP platform, has a theory on how to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.
Coll, a political science professor at Princeton, is among a growing group of Trump critics who believe the president-elect and his administration are far too focused on political gain, and that they are incapable of putting together a coherent policy platform.
Coll says that in order to defeat Trump, the GOP must have a clear vision of how the country will grow and prosper in the decades to come, and how the party will maintain a grip on power for the next five or 10 years.
The president-deplorables are “more concerned with politics than they are with national security,” Coll told The New York Times.
The new book Coll wrote is titled “The Party’s Over: What Happened, How We Can Get Back, and What’s Next for America.”
The book chronicles the rise of Trump and how his presidency was shaped by a series of crises.
Coll’s thesis is that Trump’s presidency was predicated on a toxic mix of narcissism, a toxic combination of paranoia and ignorance, and a toxic mixture of xenophobia and nationalism.
Coll believes the president has been a product of his own success.
“He’s built his brand on a very narrow range of policies that have failed and failed badly,” Coll said.
“He has a very limited list of foreign policy choices.”
He thinks the GOP should take a cue from other countries and make the most of their experience and make their mistakes.
Coll is among several who argue that the party needs to change its message and tone and embrace a broader agenda, like the Democrats.
Coll was part of the original group that crafted the Republican platform in the aftermath of the 2012 election.
Coll said he was disappointed with the GOP leadership, but felt that the platform would have been stronger if the party had embraced a more inclusive vision for the future.
“I would have liked to see a broader vision of what the party could and should be, not just a few policies that were very narrow and narrowly focused,” Coll added.
“But I was disappointed.
I thought the platform was very clear and concise and clear and focused on what the country needs to do in the next few years.”