Ex-governor Mark Sanford to launch 2020 Republican challenge to Trump

Trump and Sanford are longstanding political foes with former South Carolina governor saying: I am going to get in 2020. I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in, Sanford said in an interview on the Fox News Sunday TV political talkshow on Sunday morning. Sanford, 59, and Trump are longstanding politicallaunched an unusual attack against a then sitting House Republican only hours before polls closed in a primary election where Sanford was being challenged. He Sanford, urging voters to support his rival, Katie Arrington. Sanford lost the primary to Arrington. In his tweet at that time, Trump said: Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA [Trumps campaign slogan …

Joe Arpaio announces bid for sheriff on second anniversary of Trump pardon

Republican who branded himself Americas Toughest Sheriff was voted out of office in 2016 after 24 years Joe Arpaio announced on Sunday erecting tent cities to house prisoners and forcing inmates to wear pink. A federal judge cited him for criminal contempt in 2017, ruling that he defied a 2011 court order barring his deputies from detaining Latinos solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally. Trump, who had carried Arizona by five points in his 2016 presidential election, pardoned Arpaio on 25 August 2017, before he could be sentenced. In 2018, Arpaio ran for the US Senate seat vacated by Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of Trump. The former sheriff ended up with less than 20% …

A zombie party: the deepening crisis of conservatism

The long read: The traditional right is clinging on to power but its ideas are dead in the water Conservatism is the dominant politics of the modern world. Even when rightwing parties are not in power, conservative ideas and policies set the shape of society and the economy. Ever since the transformative 1980s governments of Ronald Reagan and Conservatives last won a solid general election majority 32 years ago, in Thatchers final landslide victory. The Republicans have won the popular vote only once in the last seven presidential elections: in 2004, in the afterglow of George W Bushs deceptive early successes in the Afghan and Iraq wars. The numbers are haunting, says Charles Kesler, a leading conservative political scientist who …