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Trumpism does not mirror Reagan-style populism

For a while, a set of liberals has argued that Donald Trump isn't an aberration from other Republican presidents. Now, some surprising conservatives, including friends and colleagues of mine, are starting to agree.

The conservative arguments take several forms, but a key point shared by all of them is that there's nothing new about Trump's melding of populism and conservatism.

"I think people who see Trumpism as something aberrant in the Republican Party haven't thought

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