Trump is probably more dangerous than any of these issues but the rancor that he has stirred up in the de-industrialized rust belt, using fear and divisions as a demagogic tool legitimized by Trumpism, is the same that today reverberates from Moscow to the Po valley, to the Midwest swing states.
What at the beginning had seemed to many a vintage reality anomaly or a blunder destined to self-correction, is revealed to be a symptom of a broader phenomenon, the new nationalist era that could also include the rise to power of Temer in Brasilia and Duterte in Manila.
Defying the odds, the populist post Berlusconian candidate has taken control of the national conservative party and dragged American politics out of all tracks with a haunting yet effective demagogic campaign. The first to learn the lesson the hard way were the defeated Republican candidates knocked down like bowling pins in the primary elections by a candidate who, in a few weeks, took possession of the GOP under the incredulous eyes of the party’s establishment.
The expropriation was enshrined during the convention, expressed in the tense smiles inside the sports hall of Cleveland, and the rallies and slogans of Trump’s “insurgents” outside. The leader of the Bikers for Trump group, Chris Cox, assured me that in January he would bring 1,000 Harley Davidson bikes to Washington to celebrate the inauguration of his darling. The tattooed centurions and the “patriots,” carrying showy weapons at the waist, looked like pirates boarding a system that had ignored them for too long. Barbarians ready to rove the conquered palaces of Washington with the ardor shown by the Soviets in the Winter Palace.
In other words, guardians of a “revolutionary” ardor that Donald Trump has ridden to the doors of the Oval Office.
In recent days, Trump’s endorsement by Slavoj Žižek has caused plenty of controversy and uproar online. In fact, the Slovenian philosopher merely pointed out that between the socially moderate liberalism of a congenital insider like Hillary Clinton and the “destructive” capsize of his opponent, the latter expresses the more plausibly revolutionary impetus to the established system.