Gangster Politics has Come to America

Trump is a populist demagogue in the spirit of Latin American caudillos of the past. But the future he points to is darker and nihilistic, one that can be found in its later stages in the gangster state of Putin’s Russia.

The period immediately leading up to and following the 2020 elections is defined by the pressure campaign of Trump and his surrogates to ensure the results of the election were in…