Dr. Charles Kesler On Populism, Elites, And The Meaning Of Trump

Dr. Charles Kesler On Populism, Elites, And The Meaning Of Trump

Dr. Charles Kesler, editor of the Claremont Review of Books and senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, talked about the collision of the rise of Trump and the rise of political correctness on the Federalist Radio Hour with Ben Domenech.

In his latest essay, Kesler described the 2016 experience and the inability of republicans to coalesce around one candidate. “When you have 17 candidates competing for the presidency, something badly has gone wrong in your presidential selection system,” he said.

Kesler and Domenech discussed the country’s ability to govern themselves and the rationale behind the rise of populism. “In terms of popular understanding of and loyalty to the democratic republic, we are slipping,” Kesler said. “But the people are still more virtuous than the elite, broadly speaking.”

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