Episode #8: The Future of America First and MAGA

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Jacob and Eric start off Episode #8 by reacting to the second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which led to his second acquittal in the Senate. After lambasting the overall poor performance by Trump’s legal team and discussing the broader implications of the trial itself and the outcome, they focus on the big question of the day: What is the America First/MAGA movement, and what is its future after 2020? Jacob and Eric highlight the core tenets of this new national populist movement, how it differs from the current Republican Party and even previous grassroots movements such as the Tea Party, where it “went wrong” under Trump, what challenges it faces (both internally and externally), and what it can do to improve itself and become an even stronger political force going into 2022 and 2024.


00:25 He may not be in office anymore, but he’s still winning.
03:20 Trump’s loser lawyers
15:20 McConnell sees an opening to take back the GOP from Trump.
Featured Topic: The Future of the MAGA Movement
20:07 What is the MAGA Movement and how is it different from the trad GOP?
21:02 The Tea Party vs MAGA
27:40 Trump’s ideology
29:48 Reagan-Bush vs MAGA
47:12 Internal disadvantages in the MAGA coalition
54:00 External disadvantages in the MAGA coalition
54:57 How to fight back against and overcome these disadvantages


President Trump’s formal statement on Mitch McConnell: https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1361796414347616260

Further reading:

The New York Post on Trumpism’s political future: https://nypost.com/2021/02/12/trumpism-has-a-political-future-even-if-trumps-is-unclear/

An American Greatness piece on how the conservative establishment still misses the point of Trump: https://amgreatness.com/2021/02/13/why-establishment-conservatives-still-miss-the-point-of-trump/

Clarement – After January 6th: https://claremontreviewofbooks.com/after-january-6th/

NBC News admits that Trump winning acquittal proves that he won the battle for the “Republican soul:” https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/key-takeaways-acquittal-trump-wins-battle-republican-soul-n1257879

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