The Beginning of the End for American Right Wing Populism

By Daniel Nardini

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - CommentaryWith further indictments being brought against former U.S. President Donald Trump, the Republican Party may now more than ever be reconsidering what presidential candidate to support for the 2024 election. Trump has now been indicted for his part in the January 6, 2021 insurrection. On top of his other legal battles, this legal case makes it clear that Trump will have a dilly of a time trying to not go to prison. Under these circumstances, how will Trump be able to run for the presidency let alone get the nomination or ever become president? The U.S. Supreme Court ruled some time ago a president cannot be immune to legal prosecution for what he did before he became president. This is a bold move on the part of the U.S. Department of Justice to go after Trump in a big way.

Of course, this all changes nothing with his ardent supporters who see all of this as an act of “state repression” against their “messiah.” These people are such sad examples of unthinking, unreasoning fools that there are hardly any definitions to describe them. The other Republican presidential candidates will no doubt be trying to woo these Trump supporters to their ranks. That will be easier said than done. Trump still has an insane fanatical following among his supporters that it is more akin to Fascism. It just saddens me to see every now and then people with flags and bumper stickers with the name “Trump” on them. From what I see, the Trump era is coming to an end. Right wing populism was very powerful and had encompassed a large section of the U.S. populace in the 2010’s.

But this is beginning to change. More people, especially in America’s major metropolitan areas, really are turned off by the extreme right wing populism of the Republican Party and of Trump’s followers. What they may have gotten away with in the 2010’s is not flying too well now in the 2020’s. I am not saying that the Democratic Party is not having any issues (it is, but that is a topic for another day), but the right wing extremism in the Republican Party and the persona of Donald Trump is proving ever more problematic for the party. More Americans want less extreme candidates who have some political experience running the country (such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for example). Plus the fact that many Americans are convinced that the 2020 presidential election was free and fair is just more one reason why Americans want to get away from the extremism of Trump followers. Right wing populism has really no future for the United States, and I believe it is only a matter of time before this fanatical movement will begin to die out. I hope it will die out soon.

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