This week, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been putting on Trump-style rallies in his efforts to remain in office. Bolsonaro has been losing favor among voters due to the unpopularity of COVID-related policies. In what the Financial Times called a “Trump-like move,” Bolsonaro launched an all-out, no holds barred campaign to turn his supporters against a number of Supreme Court Justices. The Brazilian Supreme Court freed Bolsonaro’s opponent from prison who supports socialists within the Worker’s Party.
Bolsonaro’s greatest political challenge stems from the struggling health care system and political turmoil related to the pandemic, prompting business interests to turn against Bolsonaro. One political analyst compared Bolsonaro’s push for more rallies to Trump’s “Stop the Steal” campaign. Possibly the biggest difference between Bolsonaro’s recent efforts and Trump’s effort to fight the theft of the election is the fact that Bolsonaro still has another year in office.
What’s important here is the apparent widespread acceptance of the political tactics of President Trump as a viable political strategy. What we are seeing is further evidence that “Trumpism” is being widely recognized as a way to garner a lot of support from a lot of people very quickly. This is especially true in areas where working-class people are heavily put upon by government policies. The massive exportation of American jobs by Democrat administrations is a prime example.
The American woke leftist crowd created the term “Trumpism” in order to identify the ideology and/or way of thinking that they wanted to demonize and attack in the current year. They began, naturally, by defaming President Trump and his supporters mercilessly for the duration of his term in office. After stealing the 2020 presidential election, they needed to cement their ill-gotten victory by further vilifying anyone and everyone who sees things differently from them.
This lead to the January 6th debacle which was made up of a few people mildly vandalizing Nanci Pelosi’s office and the wrongful and deeply suspicious summary execution of Ashli Babbitt. After these events, the news media immediately did their best to label all Trump supporters as terrorists.
In the wake of all this, the Left was quick to make it clear that getting Donald Trump out of office wasn’t enough — they needed to defeat populism itself. Like many things the Leftists have done in 2021, their overt opposition to the very idea of freedom reveals them for what they are- shameless seekers of power. Well, they are right to fear what they call “Trumpism.” Since Trump’s ascendance to the American Presidency, working people all over the world have been increasingly in favor of leaders and policies that support their ability to make a living and care for their families.
So, maybe the Left is correct in its assessment of “Trumpism” as a serious threat to their self-serving and misguided authoritarianism. But their defining it that way only shows them for what they are, once again, covert fascists disguised as social reformers.