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‘Gaming the system’: How the GOP came to back Trump

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Many top Republicans cynically downplayed Trump’s threats even though they themselves once warned of his danger and support of violence. MSNBC’s Ari Melber documents this behavior in a special report, citing an important new article from historian Timothy Snyder outlining how elected Republicans made a bargain with Trump by drawing on historical lessons about autocrats and propaganda. Snyder himself joins Melber to discuss his analysis, Snyder asserting the GOP is “based on the idea of gaming the system.”