Aproximación al pensamiento político de Donald Trump: ¿es el presidente de Estados Unidos populista?

Translated title of the contribution: An approach to Donald Trump’s political thought:: Is the US President a populist?

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Both the 2016 US presidential election campaign and Donald Trump’s later presidency have entailed, in several aspects, a break with the traditional practices, uses, modes and forms in Western politics. The constant appeal to voters´ feelings (and low passions), the relativization of facts, the racist, xenophobic, sexist statements and those others hostile to minorities, a home policy rupturist with the past and a grandiloquent foreign policy have all been elements of a government action usually described as chaotic and impulsive, or even as childish and irrational. President Trump is usually accused of being a populist. This article aims at offering an approach to Trump’s political thought checking it against a series of elements deemed characteristic of populism. This will, in turn, allow to assess the extent to which the current host of the White House can be considered as a populist or not. Ultimately, the conclusion is reached that it is certainly possible to do so.
Translated title of the contributionAn approach to Donald Trump’s political thought:: Is the US President a populist?
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)59-83
Number of pages26
JournalRevista Espanola de Ciencia Politica
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2020


  • Donald Trump
  • Political thinking
  • Populism
  • President
  • United States.


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