Are Americans ever Going to See the End of Trumpism?
The political future of former President Donald Trump is far from over. He still has a chance to defeat his Republican rivals for the nomination and run against President Biden in 2024. Trumpism, or the policies and principles that Trump championed in 2016, surprisingly defeated Hilary Clinton and survived two impeachments.
Despite facing several challenges, Trumpism is still popular with many Americans. However, Trump’s political future is not yet guaranteed. He still may face opposition from other Republicans within his own party, who may not be happy with his controversial behavior. Nevertheless, Trump can still win the nomination and potentially win the presidency if he focuses on popular policies with voters and avoids being himself.
The end of Trumpism is not yet finalized – even after two years of chaotic and tumultuous political affairs. To understand Trump’s political future, one must realize his unique brand of politics. Trumpism is a populist movement that Trump sold to disaffected voters. This movement centers on tax cuts, trade deals, deregulation, and infrastructure investment that benefits the average citizen. Judging by the polls, these policies are extremely popular with American voters.
To take it one step further, Trump remains extremely popular with the Republican base because he nominated three very conservative Supreme Court justices. Conservatives had been trying to overturn Roe v. Wade and gut gun control laws for decades, and with Trump, they succeeded.
What makes Trump’s chances even more potent is that the Republican Party is split between moderates and conservatives. The moderates are the most important group because they are the backbone of the party’s electoral machine. In contrast, conservatives may be willing to support Trump.
One should note that the former president still holds some political capital, even after the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol. Trump’s legacy is a conflicted one, fitting for a person so polarizing to the American public. Unlike former President Andrew Johnson, who barely survived one impeachment and then faded into obscurity, Trump seems here to stay (at least until the presidential primaries).
Many Republicans are singing the praises of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as the next standard-bearer due to his massive win in the recent midterms. Polls have shown him beating both Trump and Biden. However, when it comes to Donald Trump, a man known for beating the polls before, this may not spell his end.