The Gist

David Frum Beseeches You to Focus

The Atlantic’s David Frum says Never Trumpers can’t afford to splinter apart now.

David Frum on July 20 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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David Frum has emerged as a leader of the Republican resistance in the months since President Donald Trump’s election. On The Gist, he shares his dismay that the disparate forces opposing the Trump administration can’t seem to get over old squabbles. He also explains the narrow political portfolio he’s settled on and why Never Trumpers should focus their activism. Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic.

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