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Lasting Influences that Trump has Made on American Politics

Robert Dimuro

Posted on October 13, 2019 10:37

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President Trump will be as big a topic in the history books as FDR or Abraham Lincoln.

Although we're a long way from the 2020 presidential election, it's not too early to ponder the impact of Trump's presidency on the future of politics in America. Whether or not he wins reelection will be important for Trump's legacy; however, even as only a one-term President, Trump will be as big a topic in the history books as FDR or Abraham Lincoln.

The most obvious effect of Trump's presidency is that he broke a barrier that many thought was impossible to break -- that is, the nonpolitician barrier. Just as Obama broke the color barrier, Trump's victory proved that political experience and subservience to Party doctrine aren't necessary characteristics of Presidential candidates -- only popular support is. 

Trump has unclenched the iron fist of the political machine, which means that future candidates must be more receptive to popular support and less receptive to the support of big donors and special interests. We're already seeing this change of attitude in the Democratic primaries, in which all the candidates are following in Sanders's footsteps by advertising that they're for left-wing populist initiatives.

Trump will not be defeated by a candidate who has a history of selling out to corporate interests or who reeks of corruption or globalism. The proof is that, in just one campaign, Trump eliminated dynastic political families from each Party -- the Bush and Clinton families -- from political relevance.

Another effect of Trump's presidency and the populist movement in general may be that, as people become more intimately connected with their presidential candidate, they may demand democratic reforms that move our government further away from being a republic.

As an example, Trump happened to benefit from the electoral college system in losing the popular vote yet winning an adequate amount of states to become President. However, if the situation were reversed and Trump, with his incredibly loyal base of support, were denied the Presidency despite winning the popular vote, it may have sparked an outright revolt against the system that ensured the Presidency to a candidate who embodies corruption and is born of the political machine.

For better or worse, I believe the electoral college will be abolished at some point in the coming decades because the optics of having a democratic system of government is more important today than it has ever been in American history.

Ultimately, Trump's persona and attitude towards the media and his adversaries cannot be duplicated and aren’t indicative of how future candidates will behave. His candidacy came at the perfect time in which people were sick of the virtue-signaling, elitist, PC culture that invaded our politics and livelihoods like a virus.

Despite the fact that Trump's victory was largely due to his ridicule and mockery of this culture, his Presidency has further divided, rather than united, the country. The rift between those concerned about social justice and those concerned about freedom of speech may continue to expand for the foreseeable future -- a rift that future Presidents will likely inherit.

Robert Dimuro

Posted on October 13, 2019 10:37

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