Trivium Pursuit

Trump succeeded in defeating both political parties, the media, political professionals, pollsters, academics, and the bureaucratic class

In the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump appealed to the importance of citizens and borders. In other words, Trump took his stand on behalf of the nation-state and citizenship against the idea of a homogeneous world-state populated by “universal persons.” In appealing directly to the people, Trump succeeded in defeating both political parties, the media, political professionals, pollsters, academics, and the bureaucratic class. All those groups formed part of the bi-partisan cartel that had represented the entrenched interests in the Washington establishment for many years. Although defeated in the election, the cartel has not given up. It is fighting a desperate battle to maintain its power. –Edward J. Erier, Professor of Political Science at California State University, San Bernardino

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