Who's responsible for creating Trumpmania?

But perhaps not. When you go back to that list of factors driving Trumpism you can probably pull out any one of them—perhaps even immigration—without compromising the whole movement. But there is one factor without which it is almost impossible to imagine Trumpism having bloomed. That factor is Barack Obama.

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I suspect that when we look back on the Obama years honestly—not just through the filtered light of the ceremonies as they dedicate his monument on the Mall—we will see that he ushered in a new era in American politics where ideology gave way to identity and tribalism.

And that by marrying the politics of identity to expanded executive authority and hyper-partisanship, he fundamentally changed America’s political compact. Think about the list of Obama’s most important accomplishments: the passage of Obamacare; the Obergefell verdict; mass amnesty; the Iran nuclear deal; the climate change treaty; and now his dictum on firearms. Not one of these programs had a solid majority of public support. And consequently, none of them were accomplished by normal legislative means.

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