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Trump the Ideologue?

It might be cathartic to call Donald Trump an idiot, but the implications of his presidency are serious. If Trump’s progressive opponents fail to engage with the forces that drove his victory – in particular, the backlash against neoliberalism – not even impeachment may be enough to save the world from a dangerous new ideology.

LONDON – Historians may come to see the American actor Alec Baldwin as US President Donald Trump’s most useful ally. Baldwin’s frequent and widely viewed impersonations of Trump on the comedy show “Saturday Night Live” turn Trumpism into a farce, blinding the president’s political opponents to the seriousness of his ideology.

Of course, politicians are parodied all the time. But with Trump, there is already a tendency not to take his politics seriously. The form of those politics – unhinged tweet-storms, bald-faced lies, racist and misogynistic pronouncements, and blatant nepotism – is so bizarre and repugnant to the bureaucratic class that it can overshadow the substance.


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