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Why does Donald Trump still seem to hold sway over the Republican party?

Why — after leading the Republican Party during a period when it lost its majority in the US House of Representatives and the Senate and its power in the White House — does former president Donald Trump still seem to hold the Grand Old Party of Lincoln and Reagan in his thrall?

For US politics watchers, who on the weekend watched on as 43 Republican senators vote to acquit Trump of an act of reckless incitement played out in front of the cameras, that is the $64,000 question.

  • John Barron
  • ABC News

Or rather, it’s the 74,222,593-vote question…

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