Rudalevige: ‘Every President is a Minority Leader. Trump Will Be, Too’ (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

In his latest contribution of analysis to the Washington Post political science blog Monkey Cage, Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, looks at the beginning of the Donald J. Trump presidency, starting with what we might expect from his inaugural address.

Citing historic examples Rudalevige points out that while US presidents claim to speak for the nation, in practice they are more often minority leaders.

Rudalevige also shares insight from growing scholarship suggesting presidents “weight both their rhetoric and their policy proposals heavily toward their partisan base.” Read more in the Monkey Cage.

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