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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Can Ron DeSantis Out-Populist Donald Trump to Win the White House?

  1. I am very uncomfortable with the use of the term populist for Trump, DeSantis, or the rest of the Republican party. Populism has ambiguous connotations, some of which can be seen as positive.

    Populism also usually has an anti-corporate component, which is not at all a part of the MAGA-ist agenda. This group of politicians strike me as an updated version of the segregationists of the 50s and 60s in the face of the civil rights movement, though their targets now also extend to LGBTQ persons and immigrants.

    This is much more about authoritarianism than populism. I realize there is an overlap between the two, but I think it’s misleading and inappropiately normalizing to refer to these politicians as populist.

  2. Questions like “Would a DeSantis presidency threaten democracy?” are the traditional “loaded question” (the other favorite being “when did you stop beating your wife?”).

    DeSantis is a strong, reasonable and well-considered candidate who appeals the across the political spectrum, even if he has taken some more traditionally right-wing stances on hot-button issues like abortion.

    Why not let the public judge him by his record?

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