What Was MAGA Nationalism?

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump fused nationalist appeals with selective attacks on Republican market ideology. As president, he provided more rhetoric than change.

Illustration by Carmen Casado

On the morning of January 20, 2017, as traumatized Washington elites looked on, a beaming Donald Trump delivered his first speech as president. The address reiterated the bellicose and idiosyncratic rhetoric that had carried his candidacy to victory. Opening with a classic populist flourish, he declared: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s […]

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