Is Trumpism the New Conservatism?
Donald Trump is doing more for Conservatism than any pundit, member of Congress or recent president and it’s pulling me in.I n the first half of the 20th century, the GOP wasn’t considered “conservative.” It included liberal Republicans who supported social security, infrastructure spending, and civil rights. But in 1964, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater became the Republican candidate running on an unabashedly conservative platform and shocking the establishment. Goldwater’s conservative movement ended up dominating Republican politics for 50 years. Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party looks a lot like Goldwater’s, so could an ideological movement resembling Trumpism dominate the next 50 years?
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Donald Trump promised something new in American politics. His strategists said his brash “America First” approach would bust up the old party identities and remake the Republican Party as a true populist “Workers Party.” But it was never perfectly clear exactly how he planned to do that – 100 days into his administration, here are five thoughts on what we know so far about Trumpism: 1.
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