Friday Mailbag: Hate Crime Debate, the Debate Over Trumpism, and What the Angry Bastiat Caucus Movement Really Wants


MINOT, N.D. — There’s definitely a theme to the emails I’ve been getting lately, and it’s Trumpism. Also, the Bastiat Caucus, which is perhaps the purest distillation of Trumpism on display in North Dakota politics.

It’s starting to feel like it’s all I ever write about, but I’m not sure you can overestimate how important this shift in Republican politics is, both nationally and in North Dakota.

I often get accused of dwelling on topics for too long, though usually, those complaints come from people who are uncomfortable with the critical scrutiny I apply to some policy or candidate they support. Judging by the feedback I’m getting, many people care about what’s happening and want help in understanding it.

So, with that established, we go to this week’s mailbag, which includes several messages from people concerned about Trumpism and the Bastiat Caucus and the future of the NDGOP.

Email to get a hold of me. Correspondence included in this column may be edited for clarity and brevity.

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