Don’t Call Trump’s Pivot ‘Centrism’

Moving the Overton Window.

As President Donald Trump embraces yet another persona in his quest to strike a viable presidential posture, Americans are wrestling with some contradictions. What is Trumpism? Can it be defined? If so, is Trump already abandoning it? And what is he pivoting toward? Trump’s lack of ideological affinities renders his behavior difficult to categorize. It would, however, be a mistake to label the style of government Trump is toying with—if not outright embracing—“centrism.” That hasn’t stopped the press. Conservatives should be particularly wary of the effects such a reckless conflation of terms could have on American political culture.

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Don’t Call Trump’s Pivot ‘Centrism’

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