'Trump-ism' to continue after US polls: analyst


Posted at Nov 07 2016 05:34 PM | Updated as of Nov 07 2016 07:29 PM

Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S., August 2, 2016. Eric Thayer, Reuters

Win or lose, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's particular brand of "populist demagoguery" will stay on long after the US elections, a Filipino analyst said Monday.

Richard Heydarian, author of the book 'Asia's New Battlefield: The USA, China and the Struggle for the Western Pacific', said "Trump-ism" and polarization that has gripped America will not go away after the polls. 

He said political scientists conducted a survey where they asked respondents what they thought of policies of "ultra-conservative, new fascist parties in Europe." 

He said the results showed that "significant majority of people who identify with, for instance, Republican Party, were fine with some of these policies," which include the categorical ban on certain groups such as Muslims.

"That means that even if Trump is out of the political picture, another kind of demagogue can come later on and tap into this kind of resentment towards the ‘others,’ towards the minorities, and also resentment towards globalization," he said.

"Trump could be gone after this elections—although they can still pull off a surprise victory—but ‘Trump-ism,’ that demagoguery, that resentment is gonna stay there for a long, long time," he added. 

In the event of a Trump defeat, Heydarian said the businessman may not give a concession speech, which could scandalize the Republican establishment. 

He also said that if Hillary Clinton wins, the lower house will be dominated by Republicans and there is still no definite direction for the Senate, he noted. For this, he added, all eyes will be trained on the Supreme Court, which is expected to be the arbiter.

"We may see years of political paralysis in the United States and that means that the Supreme Court in the United States could be the ultimate arbiter. Thus, that is why expect very feisty showdown over the nomination of the new Supreme Court justices," he said.

"That’s why, United States, I doubt will be able to heal and come together after this elections," he added.