I believe we must stop using the terms "Republican" and "GOP" to identify the alternative party to Democrats.
Those who call themselves "Republican" these days have absolutely zero familiarity or similarity with the Party of Lincoln.
If news media are going to continue to insist upon defining the alternative side to Democrats as those who hold power in the GOP as currently comprised, then they need to start naming that side to convey its real commitments:
They are not Republicans. They are the Radical Right Wing White Supremacist Party.
I have been using that as my only designation for them for a while. I refuse to call them "Republican." The party hasn't actually been Republican for several decades, tho its descent into its current condition has been gradual enough to fool people -- especially "the media" -- into perceiving them as a legitimate alternative.
The" Party of Lincoln" now hates everything that Lincoln ever stood for. Note: I know Lincoln had many faults, a few of which involved racism, but by and large at least he believed in democracy. The current party has NO allegiance whatsoever to democracy.
That is why the "better" Republicans have either joined the Democrats or have registered as Independent. Unfortunately, that is one reason it has been difficult for the Democrats to achieve much in the way of unity.
They must be named as what they are. And our news media who claim "objectivity" need to start telling it like it is. If they are going to present the current party as "the other side," as if it had the same legitimacy it used to have, then they MUST start identifying and explaining the lies every time they report.
Of course they will be charged with "bias." But they're already charged with bias.
Perhaps the greater fear might be that the RRWWSP will start bombing and/or shooting up their newsrooms. Pretty sure we are already headed in that direction.