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The rise of the popcons

20 August 2023

11:30 AM

20 August 2023

11:30 AM

The Republican Party has to come to grips with populism. Donald Trump’s commanding lead in the race for the 2024 presidential nomination makes that clear, as does the fact that the next-most popular candidate, Ron DeSantis, also has a populist streak.

In fact, the GOP’s base has subscribed to one flavor of populism or another since at least as far back as the start of the Cold War.

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