In writing recently about the similarities of Pierre Poilievre and Donald Trump, I kept walking around the obvious. Putting a political label on either of them is difficult. The truth is that their politics needs a new name. It isn’t as authoritarian as European fascism. It lacks the corporatism. And only Trump shows signs of racism. And neither is a real libertarian.
Both Poilievre and Trump have this inability to stick to the truth. That might just be the belief of politicians that if you say something frequently and loudly, it can become a truth, of sorts. Mr. Trump is under the impression that he was the winner between he and Joe Biden. And poor Pierre Poilievre thought (until recently) that Bitcoin was a good investment. No doubt both the gentlemen can be easily deluded.
But I mentioned the other day that they both need their hard-core supporters. The ‘brown shirts’ (and shirtless) who carried out Trump’s insurrection in the American Capitol could have used some better leadership. Poilievre’s trucker convoy had lost most of its leaders to jail cells or restraining orders before the police got them properly kettled and ran them out of the nation’s capital.
I tend to think of the two as buskers, playing for nickels and dimes on the periphery of politics. Trump caught everyone by surprise by winning in 2016 and the American public made sure he lost in 2020. He was a sorry spectacle in the White House.
The striking difference between Trump and Poilievre is that Trump started out in 2015 with no clue about how politics really works and Poilievre has no clue about anything outside of politics. I would say that Poilievre is the loser in the sense that his entire working life has been nothing but politics.
They both seem to think they can be dictatorial. It was probably Trump’s greatest disappointment in office. People kept telling him what he could not do. His only solution was to hire people who would lie to him. At least he felt better.
Other than ridiculous promises to end inflation, end government handouts and to prevent increases in taxes in the future, we have no clear idea of what Poilievre would do as prime minister. Like Trump, he obviously has no idea what to do about climate change or pandemics or inflation.
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