Prof. Christopher Parker and colleague Rachel Blum in a Cambridge University Press paper, “Trump-ing Foreign Affairs: Status Threat and Foreign Policy Preferences on the Right,” ask some questions about why establishment Republican would support Trump's policies:
President Trump is often at odds with the conservative establishment over a range of issues, not least of which is foreign policy. Yet it remains unclear whether supporting “Trumpism” is commensurate with coherent foreign policy views that are distinct from conventionally conservative positions.
Why did many Republicans support Trump, especially if, as claimed by Never Trumpers, he was not conservative?
Is there really a cleavage on the right between the foreign policy attitudes of Trump supporters and those of other Republicans?