Is President Trump the Coarse Correction America Needs?
Summary: What does the amazing rise of Donald Trump to the presidency tell us about the America that elected him and the establishment candidates of two parties that he defeated? My argument is that Trump’s presidency must be understood in light of not just his bold and unorthodox tactics but as well his own articulated positions set forth in his principal presidential speeches. A careful reading of these speeches, as well as some in his campaign, in light of the American political tradition will be the focus of my presentation.
Ken Masugi is a lecturer of political science for the Advanced Academic Programs department at the Johns Hopkins University Washington Center for Advanced Governmental Studies. Professor Masugi has been a speechwriter for two Cabinet members and for Justice Clarence Thomas, when he was Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He is co-author, editor, or co-editor of eight books on American politics. While directing programs at the Claremont Institute, he also served as editor of its quarterly Claremont Review of Books in its early years. He is on the editorial board of two political science journals. He has taught at several universities, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor; James Madison College of Michigan State University; the Ashbrook Center of Ashland University; and Princeton University. He is currently writing a book on the Declaration of Independence and multiculturalism and a monograph on Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.