The Republican establishment is aghast over the very real prospect of Trump's nomination and control over the Republican Party. Trump's stated policies are both shockingly simplistic and shockingly destructive. Trump wants to round up 11 million illegal aliens, deport them, and get Mexico to build a huge wall across the Mexican-American border, all while paying off the entire national debt within 8 years. And that's just for starters. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Republican establishment types rightfully think Trump will destroy the Republican Party, hence the "Anybody But Trump" movement. It looks like the "Anybody But Trump" movement is going down in flames. Republican establishment types seem to be coming to the realization the gig is up. Trump will very likely become the next Republican presidential nominee. Their best hope is for a contested election. But even then, the choices are not much better. It's not like Republicans have many good candidates to rival Trump. Republicans began this election cycle with 17 candidates from diverse backgrounds and now they have 3 remaining and only one which has a plausible path to winning a majority vote at the party's convention. If backroom shenanigans deny Trump the nomination after winning the most votes in the primaries and caucuses, the party will likely split. But it's not like anyone couldn't or shouldn't have seen this coming. Trump didn't materialize overnight, nor did the circumstances which have provided fertile grounds for someone like Trump to spring forward. For decades now the Republican Party has been content fomenting unrest, hate, and misinformation through Republican entertainers and pseudo news outlets (e.g. Fox News). They have fomented identity politics for decades and now it's coming back to bite them in the derriere. There is an old idiom, if you play with fire, don't be surprised when you get burned. Well, after playing with fire for decades the Republican establishment is getting burnt. So what happens to the Republican Party after the fires of Trump have ravaged the party? Is this the death of the Republican Party? Will a new party emerge from the ashes like a phoenix? And if so, what will that party look like?