The people calling for Trump 2024 are hard to understand. You want to do this again in 4 years with a 78 year old Trump? Do you like losing? His final act was pardoning a bunch of drug dealers and reversing his anti-lobbying executive order. And you want him back? Why?— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 10, 2021
The wall isn’t built. Swamp not drained. Law and order not restored. I mean you can keep absolving him of all guilt for these failures if you want but it’s sure hard to still argue that he’s the only guy who can do the things that he didn’t himself actually do.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 10, 2021
Populism began the fourth party system.
We’re currently in the seventh party system.
“Donald Trump won millions of followers and, perhaps, the presidency with his blunt and entertaining speeches. So it was probably inevitable that Stephen Bannon, the powerful White House chief strategist who likes to invoke the lessons of history, would compare Trump to an oratorical legend from the past.
On Thursday, Bannon told a packed crowd at CPAC, the annual conservative conference, that Trump, only a day before the president gave remarks at the same venue, is “probably the greatest public speaker in those large arenas since William Jennings Bryan.”
Bryan, like Trump, did excel in front of mass audiences and often bashed the elites of his day. But the similarities between the two men as speakers end there. The Nebraskan Democrat, whom his admirers dubbed “the Great Commoner,” was an economic progressive whose populist rhetoric targeted “the money power”—Wall Street investment houses, big industrial firms and the politicians, most of them Republican, who did their bidding. He supported labor unions and free trade and called for a ban on private donations to political campaigns. As an editor of his own newspaper, he loved talking to reporters, and would never have considered attacking the press, even though most big-city dailies opposed him. Bryan was the key figure in changing his party from a conservative one (on economic policy) to the modern liberal one that Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt and Barack Obama inherited.
The Great Commoner’s speaking style also contrasted sharply with Trump’s. As he did on Friday, the president fills his talks with slogans about “making America great again” and angry jousts at “bad dudes” and “fake news.” Bryan, however, became a celebrated orator while still in his early 30s by giving lengthy, class-conscious addresses on thorny-but-vital economic issues. He was a serious man who cared deeply about substance. …
What’s more, Bryan was equally skilled at making long, popular defenses of Christianity as he was at standing up for what he called “the producing classes” against the “money power.” He gave one speech, “The Prince of Peace,” more than 2,000 times before audiences all over the world. In it, Bryan managed to merge his belief in Biblical literalism with a case, inflected with the Social Gospel, that men and women who had a “personal responsibility to God” should learn to restrain their selfish, individualistic ambitions and serve the common welfare. “
Those of us who had hoped in 2016 that Donald Trump would be a transformational populist and nationalist president in policy were bitterly disappointed. As we pointed out this morning though, Trump’s lasting legacy is that he changed the voters which will inevitably change the policies. Congress is still full of geriatric conservative “fusionist” Republicans who are throwbacks to the 1980s. Those who want to build a more representative “common good conservatism” should study Bryan.
Note: Unlike Donald Trump, William Jennings Bryan was never elected president. He was the Democratic nominee for president in 1896, 1900 and 1908. He served as Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of State until resigning in protest when Wilson started steering the U.S. into World War I.