Walter F. Mondale, a former Democratic presidential nominee who ran against Ronald Reagan in 1984, recently made the claim that Donald Trump is an isolationist; that he is an heir to a tradition of isolationism and cultural paranoia that surfaces from time to time as a “recurrent theme” in American politics. Mondale is insane if he believes that.
Donald Trump isn’t an isolationist. If he were, I’d know about it just like I know that I have huge hands. Anyways, here’s a list of goals Trump has:
- Improve America’s trade deals with foreign countries.
- Build a closer relationship with the nations of the world.
- Work closer with America’s Arab allies to destroy ISIS.
Well, there goes Mondale’s isolationist theory entirely. These aren’t the goals of an isolationist. In fact, they’re just the opposite.
By definition, isolationism refers to “[a] doctrine of isolating one’s country from the affairs of other nations by declining to enter into alliances, foreign economic commitments, international agreements, etc…” But Trump hasn’t shown even the slightest interest in doing anything remotely similar to those things.
Trump honestly has only one policy that might be mistakenly considered isolationist: his views on nation-building – he despises it. But being against nation-building or regime change hardly makes one an isolationist. It’s odd that Mondale doesn’t understand that. I guess there really was a reason he was beaten by Ronald Reagan 49 states to 1. Then again, what can you expect from the guy? After all, he is eighty-eight years old.