Less than two months before Joe Biden’s inauguration as our 46th president, it is time to begin seriously taking stock of our current one. A great deal has already been written about Donald Trump’s legacy by his detractors, nearly all of it hysterical and unfocused. The immediate assessments by his supporters have been barely more interesting.
One thing that surprises me is how little has been said by either side about the actual nature of Trump’s appeal. I do not mean the matter — his views on China and free trade and immigration — which has been discussed endlessly, but the manner, which I think is almost certainly more important.