What will the Trump presidency mean for American politics and culture, the economy, and the future of the country?
Consider these five speakers:
TIME Columnist • Author, Politics Lost
“It is impossible, given his frequent policy shifts, to say what Trump will actually do as President. But it is possible to catalog some of the pillars that have fallen: the entire political-consultant industrial complex has collapsed...The Republican Party suddenly has a shiny new populist identity, and the Democrats are in shambles. It is likely that both parties will now pursue the wrong road… This is a dynamic country. Its only possible future is multiethnic and globalist. Donald Trump won’t succeed unless he learns how to keep up with it.”
Presidential Historian • Author, Destiny and Power
"This is a remarkable and, indeed, unprecedented moment in American history. Donald Trump is a unique figure, one whose presidency will shape the nation – and the world – for generations. What does he know? How does he think? How does he make decisions? What does the past tell us? These are key, urgent, consuming questions."
Staff Writer, The New Yorker • Author, Age of Ambition
“For more than a year, Trump has encouraged supporters to regard him as a work in progress—'Everything is negotiable'... But envisaging a Trump Presidency has never required an act of imagination; he has proudly exhibited his priorities, his historical inspirations, his instincts under pressure, and his judgment about those who would put his ideas into practice. In Trump: Think Like a Billionaire, he included a quote from Richard Conniff: Successful alpha personalities display a single-minded determination to impose their vision on the world, an irrational belief in unreasonable goals, bordering at times on lunacy.”
President and CEO, New America
"America must renew itself once again, as it has before. We need new narratives, new political coalitions, new and more effective ways of actually making a difference in peoples’ lives. We must forge a positive populism without demagoguery… A map of solid red and blue squares across and within states is a dysfunctional and dangerous America, an America of tribes. It can not be fixed by winning, but only by bridging. The election of one of the most openly divisive candidates in American history may seem an odd place to start. But we have no time to lose. ”
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Contributing Editor, New York magazine
“America has now jumped off a constitutional cliff. It will never be the same country again...This is now Trump’s America. He controls everything from here on forward. He has won this campaign in such a decisive fashion that he owes no one anything. He has destroyed the GOP and remade it in his image. He has humiliated the elites and the elite media. He has embarrassed every pollster and naysayer. He has avenged Obama. And in the coming weeks, Trump will not likely be content to bask in vindication. He will seek unforgiving revenge on those who dared to oppose him… The Supreme Court may well be shifted to the far right for more than a generation to come… He will have a docile, fawning Congress for at least four years. We will not have an administration so much as a court.”