What is Trumpism?

Heard of Trumpism, but not sure what it stands for?

Let’s take a look.

anti-politically correct

Trump’s disregard for political correctness is baked into his message. He has repeatedly emphasized that not only were the elite failing to solve the problems of everyday Americans, there were trying to stop people from even talking about them. He talked about banning Muslims from the US, introducing stop-and-frisk policies that had been ruled unconstitutional, deporting immigrants, and more–actions he said were “sensible” but not politically correct.

In response, Trump supporters made it clear that they liked him because he wasn’t afraid to say what he thought. He tells it like it is, they said. He is anti-politically correct.

Trump’s contempt for political correctness also seems to include politics itself. He’s not big on diplomacy. He doesn’t allow disagreement and debate. He–and he alone–decides what is common sense, certainly not any concept of “rightness” dictated by the “establishment.”

populism over elitism

While the country has always been diverse, and struggled to balance the needs of different groups with different interests, most recent US leaders have generally articulated a desire for equality and justice for all.

President Trump, by contrast, has pushed the ordinary-people-versus-elite narrative, relentlessly hammering the sense that the political establishment (mostly the political left) is corrupt and unresponsive to ordinary people, and that one group “the people” (as defined by Trump) should be held up over others. The argument for inclusivity does not win with Trumpism.

With this, he has attacked experts, including those in the press, the Justice Department, the WHO, the CDC, the FBI, endless career government workers, and many military leaders. He believes in his authority to govern individual states; the use of the military on US soil; the allocation of money not approved by Congress–authority that has been widely considered overreach.

national greatness

President Trump has articulated his belief that America is a great power, that people will respect us, and that we should act like we’re in charge and not worry about how other leaders feel about it. Pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal is a good example. The deal was negotiated with multiple countries with whom we are allies, yet we pulled out. Confronting China is another example. China has long been adversarial to US business and Trump has pushed these issues despite China’s growing world status.

the belief in production

Part of Trump’s populist message has included support for the people and industries that build things. Part of this ideology is the workers-versus-privileged-elite (example: techies) dichotomy.

cost over ideology

Trump assesses the cost of things, not the ethos of an item. For example, he believes in fracking because it’s cheaper than solar energy.

Now, let’s consider: Is Trumpism working for us?

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