You Say You Want a Revolution

Former US President Donald Trump speaks during a 2024 election campaign rally in Waco, Texas, March 25, 2023. (Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images)

If your highest priority as a Republican is choosing a nominee who will “shake things up” as president, how are you voting in the coming primary?

Answering that question was easy in 2016. On the one hand there was Trump, on the other a menu of traditional politicians who hadn’t accomplished anything as legislators (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio) or weren’t populist enough as governors to suit the right-wing base (Jeb Bush, John Kasich).

For an electorate craving maximum disruption, there was only one choice. And insofar as there was another, it’s no coincidence that the second-place finisher’s claim to fame was shutting down the government.

Republican voters crave disruption. But who is the candidate of disruption in 2024?

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