It is a hallmark of right-wing populists to make a preposterous policy and then be forced — by opposition, by circumstance, by the laws of physics — to retreat.
Three very recent examples involve Donald Trump, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The backpedaling might look very similar in all three cases, but they reflect fundamentally different political motives.
For progressive forces, the key challenge is to figure out how to turn these tactical retreats into full-blown failures.
Donald Trump declared last Thursday that the next meeting of the Group of Seven would be held at his …read more
Source:: Institute for Policy Studies