Thomas Edsall, writing in The New York Times, solicited expert commentary to answer the question: If Trump Loses the Election, What Happens to Trumpism? in his "guide to life after the election." Brandice Canes-Wrone, Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs and Professor of Politics, and Director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) at Princeton University, shares her insights in this piece.
...the Trump insurgency will remain a powerful force within the party — win or lose. “Even with a decisive loss, the insurgent wing isn’t fading away,” she said:
If Trump is alive and well, it’s hard to imagine him maintaining a low profile, and, even without Trump, there are likely G.O.P. presidential candidates popular with this wing of the party.
The challenge facing the Republican establishment, if it seeks to regain strength, according to Canes-Wrone, “will be to address the policy and emotional concerns of the insurgent wing without devolving into populism. Whether that will be achieved remains uncertain."