For millions of Americans President Trump has become the symbol, voice, and hope of saving their America from ongoing destruction. Though the hope he raised remains spectacularly unfulfilled, he is still its recognized representative. Possibly his presence is now an obstacle to his program, but that can’t be helped. There is no other populist in sight with any significance, nor is the present Republican party likely to produce another one.
It is perhaps fair to say that Trump’s public role has sometimes reflected more ego than principle - he has shown more allegiance to his family and cronies than to his “people.”
There are two things that Trump could do now that would prominently show his leadership and care for those who follow him. He has the funds to begin this and these efforts would soon attract other support.
It seems evident that Trump has never realized the deadly ideological nature of the battle he is in - something more fundamental than personality and policy tinkering. We can only hope that experience has brought him understanding.
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews