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Baldwin's frequent and widely viewed impersonations of Trump on the comedy show "Saturday Night Live" turn Trumpism into a farce, blinding the president's political opponents to the seriousness of his ideology.With Trump, there is already a tendency not to take his politics seriously.Even those who seem to take Trump seriously are failing to get to the root of Trumpism. The fact that Trump is no ideologue does not mean he cannot be a conduit for a new ideology.Thatcher, like Trump, was no philosopher.Like Thatcher, Trump has attracted ideologues ready and willing to define Trumpism for him.Every time Trump's opponents march for women, Muslims, or sexual minorities, they fortify Trump's core support base.None of this bodes well for Trump's opponents, who are still a long way from recognizing the ideological implications of his presidency. Indeed, they remain so distracted by Trump's apparent lack of leadership skill and even mental capacity – which, to be sure, cannot compare to that displayed by Thatcher – that they have yet to grasp the depth of the divisions and neuroses that Trump has exposed.If Trump's progressive opponents fail to engage seriously with the forces that Trump's victory reflected and reinforced – in particular, the backlash against neoliberalism – not even impeachment will be enough to put the Trumpian genie back in its bottle.
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