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Trump and Identity Politics


I hope Sean writes up this point in a longer piece, because it’s brilliant:

Exactly. There are inevitable disagreements on the left about what policies to prioritized, what a president should have been expected to accomplish in a particular context, etc., but there’s a broadly shared assumption that when they hold office Democrats should be trying to accomplish concrete policy goals. Nobody would defend Obama by saying “at least he pissed conservatives off!” For the Republican base, pissing off Democrats is sufficient. If Trump was governing as campaign Trump rather than on Ryanomics this wouldn’t make him more or less popular with core Republican voters. They just don’t care.

“Identity politics,” as Sean says, is an insulting, shallow way of describing a pro-civil rights agenda and an inclusive party, but for Trump-era Republicans it fits perfectly.

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