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Editor at conservative journal: Trumpism has become something 'between a business and a racket'

Assistant editor at the conservative publication American Greatness, Pedro Gonzalez, on Monday said that Trumpism had progressed past being a movement and had become something "between a business and a racket."

Appearing on Hill.TV's "Rising," host Saager Enjeti asked Gonzalez what the current state of Trumpism in the U.S. was, noting that although former President TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE had partially defined it as great trade deals, one of the candidates he has endorsed, Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranSenate locks in hate crimes deal, setting up Thursday passage Congress can help Americans living with disabilities by passing the ABLE Age Adjustment Act Senate aims to pass anti-Asian hate crimes bill this week MORE (R-Kans.), has openly spoken out against some of Trump's trade practices.

"Well, Eric Hoffer, a 20th Century working-class intellectual, once wrote that every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates into a racket. And unfortunately, I think the Trump movement is somewhere between a business and a racket. In other words, a grift," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said that although Trump had campaigned against the so-called "establishment," his movement had essentially become the "establishment 2.0."

Gonzalez pointed to other GOP candidates he said do not necessarily align with the movement that Trump started in 2016, including Ohio GOP Senate candidate Jane Timken and Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottNew signs of progress emerge on police reform White House to give Congress space on police reform The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After historic verdict, Chauvin led away in handcuffs MORE (R-S.C.)

"So the law-and-order MAGA movement is giving the nod to people like this and so — what explains that, and I think that is the sad truth, is that MAGA, which railed against the establishment and 'Conservatism Inc.' has just become 'MAGA Inc.'"