Are Trump and Trumpism a Package Deal?

President Donald Trump appears on a screen as he delivers his acceptance speech during the final event of the Republican National Convention on the South Lawn of the White House., August 27, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
The president has had four years to remake the GOP as a populist, nationalist force. There’s no reason to think he can finally do so if given four more.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E ven when President Trump seems to defect from his 2016 agenda, or speak out of both sides of his mouth, everyone knows what “Trumpism” is, or what it would be in someone else’s hands: A focus on regaining manufacturing jobs, particularly those that bolster strategically important skills such as advanced engineering; the abandonment of efforts to transform the Middle East; and the acknowledgement of Americans as citizens rather than mere consumers.

A little more than four years ago, I wrote that I had been waiting for a nationalist, populist course correction in the GOP. I wanted a candidate to tell the

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