Republican base voters don’t want that sort of leader, but they were not strong enough to stop Trump, much less dominate in a general election coalition. Losers don’t write the rules. Republican congressional leaders now know they cannot constrain Trump’s field of maneuver simply by invoking partisan loyalty. That means they will have to bid for his favor to get their way, just as every senior employee of the Trump Organization has had to bid for his favor for decades. That strengthens Trump’s hand across the board, so long as Democrats can persuade their base that dealing with what they consider the devil means they get fiddles of gold without selling their souls.
This should greatly concern evangelicals who have thought they had a deal with Trump. Now that he has shown he is willing to deal with the Democrats, might Democrats use their influence to affect who the next nominee to the Supreme Court might be? They might say: Give us a nominee who won’t overturn Roe or Obergefell, and we will give you [fill in what Trump wants most at that time].
Advisers to presidents often end up flattering those they hope to influence. Christians and others will be discussing how far they are willing to go.