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The primary elections of 2016 exposed conflict within the Republican Party. This party-conflict was symptomatic of the decline of fusionism that had united traditionalist and social conservatism with political and economic right-libertarianism in a philosophical and political coalition that had operated since the 1950s. With fusionism fracturing, Donald Trump emerged as the Republican party front-runner and the winner of the 2016 presidential election. In recent months, journalists and pundits have sought to make sense of "Trumpism": the principles guiding the President and his supporters. This new Trumpism has defied easy categorization within the framework of traditional conservative principles, leaving many to question whether Trumpism is indeed compatible with conservatism.
David Azerrad of the Heritage Foundation will come to Vanderbilt Law to discuss Trumpism and Conservatism. This lunch-time discussion will examine the phenomenon of Trumpism and consider Trumpism's divergence from and compatibility with conservative principles.
Azerrad is the director of Heritage's B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics where he teaches the tenets of the American political tradition to policymakers, political leaders and the public, while connecting the nation’s first principles to the thorny questions of the day. His writings have appeared in various publications and online outlets, including The Claremont Review of Books, The Weekly Standard, National Affairs, First Things, The Times (of London), Real Clear Politics, National Review Online, The Washington Times, The Federalist, Public Discourse, The National Interest, and Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy.
This event is sponsored by the Federalist Society, and is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.
(Moore Room) Vanderbilt Law School