Trump’s mass movement is bigger than ever!

Abbey Arletto
4 min readNov 5, 2020

Cultural Revolution in America

Mass movement (noun)

an organized effort by a large number of people, especially those not forming part of the elite of a given society, to bring about pervasive changes in existing social, economic, or political institutions, frequently characterized by charismatic leadership.

At the time of writing this, Trump has so far received 8,3 million more votes than he did in 2016. That’s the exact opposite of what pollsters and political journalists claimed would happen. On the contrary, there’s been much talk of Trump losing support among his base and how weak the Republican Party had become for riding the Trump Train.

Like the rest of us, these 8,3 million people have lived through the last 4 years of Trump’s presidency and its countless scandals. Like the rest of us, they know exactly what Trump stands for. And yet they decided they wanted more of it. So much so, that they voted for the first time in their life or abandoned the Democratic Party, as it’s now known many Latino, Hispanic-Americans and Blacks did. And there’s no excuse. It’s not 2016 where Trump was seen as a protest candidate and a big middle finger to the Washington establishment. It’s 2020 and he’s the incumbent now and we all know what we’ll get with another Trump term.

But after living through the single most corrupt and grotesquely incompetent presidential administration in modern history (if not ever) and a slavishly Trump-loyalist Republican Senate that has proven itself utterly devoid of ethics and shame, 8,3 million Americans who didn’t vote for Trump in 2016, excitedly decided to join the MAGA cult in 2020.

8,3 million!

After 4 of the most divisive, destructive, deadly and bizarre years in American history under a self-aggrandizing, incompetent authoritarian buffoon of a president, the Republican base actually grew! By a lot!

There’s nothing gained from not facing reality here. Democrats failed this election, badly! It’s good news that the "squad" expanded, but it’s hard to argue that America’s "silent majority" is progressive when looking at the 2020 Electoral map. America is polarized down the middle between a hardcore bloc of far-right nationalists who march in lockstep…

Abbey Arletto

Political scientist, activist and freelance writer from Maine.