Reagan presented a sunny image, but the dark strain was still present. It took form in the presidential campaigns of Patrick Buchanan, a nativist, anti-immigration, anti-big-government conservative who was a precursor to Trump. Buchanan was a dark and angry figure. Then came Newt Gingrich, who used a newly ruthless style of partisanship to become House speaker. In the style of the demagogue, Gingrich always managed to find an enemy to target — Muslims, homosexuals, immigrants. A principal enemy was the federal government itself. It became a Republican aim to "starve the beast," a phrase meant to describe the nihilistic defunding and destruction of the government.
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