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Commentary: Trump’s grip on US Republicans is still growing

Enviado: 06/Abr/2021, 09:51
por geemong
Commentary: Trump’s grip on US Republicans is still growing

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One-term US presidents almost never get ดาวน์โหลด slotxo บนมือถือ another bite at the apple. That is because
they acknowledge their defeat at the ballot box. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has been telling supporters
that he will be tempted to beat Democrats “for a third time”.

Most Republican voters still think last year’s election was stolen. It is difficult to imagine Trump would face
a serious conservative rival, should he run again in 2024.

To some extent he should thank Joe Biden for that. Having championed popular spending bills in his first
two months, Biden has deprived Republicans of a populist economic critique.

Trump showed in 2016 that embracing big government was no obstacle to becoming his party’s nominee.
The libertarian impulse is barely perceptible among today’s Republican voters, many of whom are happy with
Bidenomics.

The party’s energy is thus increasingly spent on cultural resentment. More than half of Republican voters support
the use of force to defend the “traditional American way of life”.

Elected Republicans now often refer to themselves as “the party of the working class”. In Western democratic
terms, Republican ideology has more in common with Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National in France than,
say, with the British Conservative party, let alone the German Christian Democrats.

The party is moving closer towards white nationalism. What does that mean for the future of US democracy?