The recent Republican National Convention was scandalous for many reasons — from the misuse of the White House as a campaign prop (in violation of the Hatch Act and long standing norms) and the brazen mendacity of its speakers, to the parade of Trump family members. Amid the tawdry spectacle of the GOP — short for Grand Old Party, the Republican Party — being transformed into a subsidiary of the Trump organisation, one shocking aspect stood out: The party offered no platform. The Republicans’ only purpose, apparently, is “to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda”.

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