Politically Speaking: Politics Post Trump

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Chase Wing, Staff

The 2016 matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was a big upset to some people. In many ways, it was the final showdown between outdated corporatism that ran rampant during the eighties and nineties from Clinton and new age populism (fighting for the average man; working class inspired rhetoric) made once again popular through the likes of not only Trump but the 2016 primary challenger to Clinton, Bernie Sanders. The election of Donald Trump once again solidified the populist movement for everyone on both the right and the left, at least temporarily, which begs the question: what will a post Trump world look like? The answer to this largely depends on the outcome for the upcoming 2020 election. As we move closer to the election, one thing has become abundantly clear: Elizabeth Warren is likely to become the 2020 democratic nominee. The question is, however, how would a loss by Warren affect her party? Should she lose the election, the establishment media, right and left, will sum her loss up to her left liberalism and the party will once again spend decades insisting that in order to win elections they need the support of Republicans, thus moving back towards centrism once more. If this happens, it will be again decades before another populist candidate on the left gains support. The thing that the current media fails to realize (or perhaps acknowledge) about candidates such as Trump and Sanders is that they are not popular only for their place on the political ideology spectrum, but for their genuinity and support of the working class which tends to play well with lower class voters. If the Democrats allow the Republicans to take the working-class champion title from them, it will be near impossible for them to win general elections in the future. Who can say where the direction of the Republican party of the future is headed, however one thing is certain: a lot is riding on Elizabeth Warren to perform well in the next election.