Trumping Democracy in the United States

From Ronald Reagan to Alt-Right

by Chip Berlet - Routledge Press - 2018

Donald Trump announced his campaign for the
Presidential nomination of the
Republican Party on June 16, 2015.
The business mogul mobilized a huge,
angry constituency that was
overwhelmingly white.
They were attracted to Trump’s
campaign slogan of
"Make America Great Again."
Great again for whom?
Trump’s campaign was marked by his vicious and
inflammatory rhetoric infused with white
racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, and
anti-immigrant xenophobia.



The use by a demagogue of right-wing populist rhetoric to mask fascistic appeals that demonize scapegoated targeted groups; and through the process of "scripted violence" generate attacks on the named targets by perpetrators with no formal or direct connection to the demagogue.

See especially
US President Donald Trump
circa 2015-2020.

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Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right

See especially these titles:

Russia and the Western Far Right: By Anton Shekhovtsov

Corporatism and Fascism

The Corporatist Wave in Europe
Edited by Antonio Costa Pinto

More on the way!

The next day In Charleston, South Carolina an angry young white man walked into a Bible study at a traditionally Black church. After sitting quietly for a few minutes Dylann Roof pulled out a handgun and shot three black people dead leaving others wounded.

Roof told a participant in the Bible study, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go."

This book will place Donald Trump and Dylann Roof in the context of the backlash against the presidency of Barack Obama and the resulting 2016 campaign for the presidency in which Donald Trump became ascendant.

It will explain how there is a dynamic relationship between the Republican Party, various right-wing populist movements, and the extreme right. It will argue that unfair hierarchies of race, gender, and class are not aberrational tremors in America, but the fracturing bedrock of a nation in which being White, male, Christian, or straight no longer ensures a stable floor for power, status, or privilege.