In the latest episode of The Argument, Ross Douthat, Michael Brendan Dougherty and Jane Coaston debate the meaningless term that is “Trumpism.” The same people have been around throughout the entire post-Cold War era nursing the same grievances against neoliberalism. The difference is that Donald Trump brought them out of the Center and into the Republican Party and shifted the demographic balance of power within the GOP away from the True Cons or Free Marketeer wing in the process.
Donald Trump isn’t the president anymore. Trump voters are still in control of the GOP. The Market Skeptic Republicans, Country First Conservatives and New Era Enterprisers are now the dominant force inside the GOP while the True Cons or Free Marketeers have become the minority wing. After the 2020 election, Trump voters are even more dominant and radicalized than was the case just a year ago. The demographic base of the GOP establishment has shrunk down to 10% to 15% of Republican voters.
Focusing on Trump is pointless because lots of politicians have come and gone over the past thirty years. The CPAC poll showed that 95% of the people there wanted to continue Trump’s policies, 68% wanted Trump to run again and only 55% were committed to voting for him. The AEI/YouGov poll showed that 64% of Trump voters say their racial identity is important with 40% saying it is very or extremely important and 87% are concerned about the growth of anti-White discrimination.
In the YouGov survey, 30% of Trump voters said they had no problem with White Nationalists. 20% said that their racial identity was “extremely important.” Makes you wonder who those people are. They have the same beliefs, values, priorities and even enemies as White Nationalists.