Can the G.O.P. Recover From the ‘Big Lie’? We Asked 2 Conservatives.

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There’s a divide in the Republican Party between those who believe the “Big Lie” — that the election was stolen from President Donald Trump — and those who don’t. But which side is ultimately the future of the party?

That’s the question Jane Coaston poses to Charlie Sykes, a founder and editor at large of The Bulwark, and Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review.

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Sykes and Lowry discuss what the G.O.P. has learned from Donald Trump’s tenure as president and what Glenn Youngkin’s gubernatorial victory in Virginia might mean for the Republican midterms playbook. They also debate whether it’s Representative Liz Cheney or Marjorie Taylor Greene who’s a harbinger of the party to come.

Also, if you’re a Republican, we want to hear from you. What do you think of the party right now and where it should go next? Would you be excited to vote for Trump in 2024? Or if you’re a former Republican, why did you leave the party? And who would you rather vote for instead? Leave us a voice mail message at (347) 915-4324 and we’ll share some of your responses later this month.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • “Against Trump,” editorial in National Review

  • “Trump: Maybe,” by Charles C.W. Cooke in National Review

  • “The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism,” by Matthew Continetti

  • “Blunt Report Says G.O.P. Needs to Regroup for ’16,” Times report on the G.O.P. 2012 autopsy

(A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)

Credit…Photo by Damon Winter/ The New York Times

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