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In this Question of the Week podcast episode, College of Arts & Sciences political scientist Lauren Mattioli assesses Joe Biden one year after his election. Promising to jettison Trumpism, the president has lowered the rhetorical thermostat, Mattioli says, but in areas like immigration, he is disappointing supporters with a populist politics, while GOP obstructionism imperils the rest of his agenda.

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  • Lauren Mattioli says Joe Biden has ditched the rhetoric of Trumpism
  • Biden has, however, embraced some aspects of populism—remnants of Trump’s populist immigration policy, for example, linger
  • GOP obstructionism could mean a 2022 shellacking for Democrats, she says

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