Why a new conservative brain trust is resettling across America

Ryan Williams, president of the Claremont Institute, is presented the National Humanities Medal by President Donald Trump during a ceremony in November 2019 at the White House in Washington. (Samuel Corum/The New York Times)

The Claremont Institute has been located in Southern California since its founding in the late 1970s. From its perch in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, it has become a leading intellectual center of the pro-Trump right.