Trumpism Will Follow Trump
Editor's note: The original article is published in French. Below is a short abstract of the original piece's contents.
The sentiment among voters that elevated Trump to office will not go away when Trump leaves office, argues Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer. While it would be simple to dismiss Trump’s policies as a result of his particular personality, Europe must admit to itself that the driving forces behind Trump’s ascent — unemployment, migration, inequality, nationalism — will not disappear when he leaves office. Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer argues that the “hyper-focalization” of media on Trump the man often misses a broader Trumpism, a wave of isolationism and anti-establishmentarianism that is sweeping U.S. politics. The United States has a crisis of confidence in its institutions which goes beyond the divisive tweets of any one man.
“Trumpism will follow Trump,” argues Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, and the effects of his brand of politics will persist as long as the problems at its roots are not addressed by the American political establishment. This will have knock-on effects on the transatlantic relationship and thus upon Washington’s European allies, including France. Political stability in the United States will continue to worsen due to demographic trends meaning that ethnic minorities will make up a majority of the American population by 2060. The American population will remain relatively young as well, and Americans aged 18–34 on average favor a less active role for the United States in global affairs. Europeans must therefore reinforce Europe’s ability to act without U.S. leadership while preserving existing transatlantic ties.