Donald Trump has made history and a historic moment by becoming the first president of the United States to officially win the popular vote in a general election.
As of this writing, it’s the most electoral victory for any sitting president since George Washington won his second term in 1789.
The new president has also secured the Republican Party’s majority in the House of Representatives for the first time since 1952.
But for conservatives who see Trump’s victory as a signal that conservatism’s future is on the line, the historic event is a reminder that the country is divided and the country needs a new way forward.
Trump’s win will give conservatives a historic victory in their fight against the forces of “progressivism,” says Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate.
“It was a tremendous victory for conservatism,” he told CNN’s “New Day” on Sunday.
“I think we’re in a new era.”
Conservatives say they are thrilled by the new president, who has taken a hard line on immigration and has vowed to “make America great again.”
They are also disappointed by the outcome of the race, which they view as a continuation of Trump’s campaign and the GOP’s long-standing inability to win in the deep red states.
“We’ve had the longest period of Republican control of any party in American history,” says Matt Schlapp, the founder of the conservative movement’s Eagle Forum.
“The only thing that is not in play here is the party.”
But they also believe the new administration is making progress in the fight for conservatism.
They point to Trump’s efforts to reform the GOP health care system, repeal and replace Obamacare, and roll back the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
The former reality TV star has made it clear he’s willing to negotiate with Democrats on issues, such as abortion and climate change, that are crucial to his supporters.
“This is a president that is committed to a more conservative agenda than we have seen in a long time,” Huckabee said on “New Days.”
The conservative movement is in shock at the outcome.
“Trump is winning the election,” said Sarah Palin, the conservative former Alaska governor and 2016 Republican vice presidential nominee.
They’re not going to win again.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence said he’s “very proud of our conservative movement” and believes the party can return to its traditional conservative values, including “strong families and religious liberty.”
But he also said the party must learn how to talk about and win elections.
“Our conservative movement has a chance to reengage and grow,” he said on CNN’s Sunday show.
“But we’ve got a long way to go.”
Trump, who was once the darling of the GOP base, has alienated many voters who are fed up with the party’s leadership and establishment.
The election result is the latest sign of how Trump has lost support from the GOP, and the Trump administration, which has struggled to enact his agenda.
The president-elect, who will be sworn in as the 45th president on Friday, has taken heat for his repeated feuds with the news media, including his decision to fire James Comey, the FBI director who was leading the probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
“A lot of people, including me, are going to get very upset with this administration,” Trump said of the firing of Comey.
But he has also taken to criticizing media outlets such as the New York Times and CNN for covering his transition as if it were a normal transition, even though he had made no secret of his desire to avoid a confrontation with the media.
“If I can be so politically correct as to tell the American people that this is not a normal time, this is a very different time, I’m happy to do that,” Trump told reporters on Friday.
Trump has also struggled to find allies in the Republican Congress, as well as his allies in statehouses across the country.
Republicans have been working to make gains in the midterm elections, but Trump’s presidency has put his party in a bind, as it has struggled for power.
Trump said on Sunday he is still committed to the GOP as long as it’s in charge of the House.
“Republicans are going in the right direction,” he wrote in a Twitter post on Sunday morning.
“And I know that I will continue to be president for the long haul.
So I have no regrets.”
In the weeks since his election, Trump has been publicly feuding with former President Barack Obama, a longtime Republican.
Trump is also fighting a growing war of words with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who has emerged as Trump’s most loyal ally.
The two are locked in a public spat over healthcare and tax reform, which Trump has said he would “absolutely” sign into law.
“You know, the president is very, very good at the things that he does, but he’s not great at the politics,” said Mark Halperin, the Washington Post’s chief political correspondent. “He can