I wholeheartedly agree with this Rich Lowry article:
“The early Trump administration has been many things, but “populist” hasn’t truly been one of them.
When you discount the tweets, the all-consuming media controversies, the drama over personnel, and the Russia investigation — granted, that’s a lot of discounting — it has been a fairly conventional Republican administration on policy. …
In short, the Trump administration hasn’t created a new populist departure in American politics; it hasn’t even — as some of us hoped — nudged Republican policymaking in a more populist direction to better account for the interests of working-class voters. The early months of the Trump administration have proven to be populism’s false start. …
The working-class voters who supported both Obama and Trump, meanwhile, could produce more surprises. Perhaps Trump’s most dedicated followers will be disillusioned and go looking for a new charismatic leader. Or perhaps Trump will find that his alliance with conservatives is lowering his public standing and end it.
Victory in November 2016 surprised most Republicans and gave them an opportunity to build a new governing majority. So far they are squandering it.”
Good luck with that pitch in 2018 and 2020. Populists won the primary and general election, but lost the administration. This proves the futility of trying to reform the Republican Party. If Donald Trump can’t change the Republican Party, no one can and it should be abandoned to its fate.