Trump's Marriage of Populism and Conservatism

On Saturday evening, March 10, 2018, President Trump held a rally at a Pittsburgh airport (in Moon Township, Pennsylvania) in an effort to help Republican Rick Saccone win a western Pennsylvania congressional district in today's special election.  The president won the district by 20 points during the 2016 election.  The speech was vintage Trump 2016, displaying, in the midst of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters, both the president's achievements since he has taken office on January 20, 2017 and his electoral promises that he has yet to deliver on in the years to come. There were, however, some new – some would say unconventional – elements of the president's populism prefiguring a departure from the traditional conservatism, as we know it, of the Reagan-Bush era. The North Korea Issue President Trump asserted that this issue "should have been handled over the last 30 years, not now."  Past presidents,...(Read Full Article)