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Don't call Trump a populist: 'Trumpism' is just 'Republicanism'

Tamara Draut
The Hill

Ever since Donald Trump barnstormed across the country, beating out over a dozen other Republicans for the presidential nomination, political pundits and journalists have described his campaign and ultimate win as a “populist insurgency.” There is no doubt his rhetoric often seemed populist. While railing against the establishment, he promised to “drain the swamp” and be the president for “forgotten men and women.” [...]

Make no mistake: Trumpism is Republicanism, just a tad more explicit in its strategic use of race to fulfill a decades-long political journey toward plutocracy. It most assuredly isn’t populism.