Without Trump, What Is the Future of Trumpism?

Supporters listen as then-President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
Supporters listen as then-President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

Can there be Trumpism without Trump? In the wake of the Capitol riot, this is an urgent, but also surprisingly complicated question. After half a decade of debate, it is still far from obvious that we know what “Trumpism” actually is. Some have taken it as a local instance of a global phenomenon often described as the “wave of populism,” or as part of a worldwide revolt against neoliberalism. For example, as social scientists Jonathan Hopkin and Mark Blyth have put it, “Trump is a data point. Global Trumpism is a structural shift.” But it is important to recognize that […]

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