Donald Trump is an expression of Trumpism – also known as the Greatness Agenda. He didn’t create it and he will not define it, but he has lent his name to it. We will work, along with many others to define it, defend it, and to make it a political philosophy that is complementary to the project begun at the American Founding.
Part of defining Trumpism is saying what it is not. There is far too much overheated rhetoric from Trump’s opponents seeking short-term political advantage. For now we will say just that Trumpism is not Donald Trump nor is it fascism or anything like it. Supporters of Trumpism are not mouth-breathers or closet totalitarians as the institutional conservative movement has said. They are normal Americans who believe in the common sense notion that their government should have their best interests at heart so that they can live quiet, peaceable lives.
There are many other things Trumpism is not, but we prefer saying what it is. For now, we adopt the working definition used by the good folks at the Journal of American Greatness:
Trumpism is “defined as secure borders, economic nationalism, interests-based foreign policy, and above all judging every government action through a single lens: does this help or harm Americans? For now, the principal vehicle of Trumpism is Trump.”
We concur. There is more to say on the matter. Much more. But for now we wish to say only that this definition is the right beginning.