One party is actively pursuing a better, more inlusive, less restrictive health care system. The other had actively wanted to repeal the ACA since its inception.
One party believes the science behind global warming and seeks ways to reduce our carbon footprint. The other denies it exists at all and actively opposes green initiativel in favor of maintaining the status quo of archaic fossil fuels.
One party actively thinks things like a womans right to bodily autonomy and the ability for two people of the same sex to get married is something they have a right to decide on their behalf.
THE OTHER FUCKING DOESN'T.
One party is actively enacting and continually refining methods of voter suppression. The other doesn't do this.
One party actively denies science, actively opposes the use of masks and social distancing during a pandemic, and even denies the existence and severity of the virus that is causing said pandemic, while jumping the line to get the vaccine.
The other accepts the science, the virus, mazks, social distancing, and the vaccine.
One consistently tries to push our country toward a theocracy. That party has an army of tax exempt mouthpieces that routinely subvert their tax exempt status by openly supporting Trump as their candidate from pulpits across the country.
The other does not.
One has opposed economic relief all year while the other has actively pursued it.
One belittles higher education, and is doing nothing about the student loan bubble. The other is actively considering student loan forgiveness.
This is a long ass list that doesn't stop there.
There are significant differences. Sure, these are generalizations. There are always outliers. It won't apply equally tobecery member of the party. Sure, the politicians themselves are a mixed bag, flawed and imperfect.
But it's still not a slight difference. One isn't slightly worse than the other.
"Trumpism" is just Extra Strength Republican. Trumpism is just an emboldened, politically empowered version of Republican that says the quiet parts out loud.
Trump won these people over because he tapped into, and thus validated, the worst sensibilities, ideologies, and fears of (mostly) white America.
President Trump doesn't exist unless those elements were already there for him to tap into them. Those people and their ideas already existed. Trump just gave enough power to the fringe to allow them to join the surface level, mainstream faces of the party.
These aren't minor differences. These are very serious, significant differences with real world consequences that we've seen play out with alarming severity.