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"The Development of the Trump Electorate and the Great Irony of the 2016 Election"

Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal, Chair of CRWS, explains how Donald Trump targeted the white working class and the "alt-right" fringe to build his electoral coalition.

Describing how Trump prepared to run for the presidency, Rosenthal writes: "His method was to immerse himself in right-wing media. This practice included listening to talk radio—the likes of Limbaugh, Michael Savage & Sean Hannity—monitoring Tea Party websites and discussions; and following right-wing news sites like the Drudge Report and Breitbart news. What Trump found there was a collection of themes and online memes that constituted a universe of taken for granted understandings among the populist right base of the Republican Party. Trump stored these up like a reservoir of riffs that would be available to him, that he could pull out when he felt the moment right—this was the stuff of his free association style of campaigning."

Read more here.

Video of Panel on the 2016 Election and the GOP under President Trump - Now Available on C-SPAN

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, CRWS sponsored a panel on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and its implications for the Right in the United States.  Dr. Larry Rosenthal addressed the emergence and significance of the Donald Trump phenomenon, focusing on Trump's exploitation of rifts among factions of the Republican Party that assumed unprecedented levels in 2016.  Professor Carole Joffe discussed the role that traditional electoral priorities of the Right, particularly abortion and marriage equality, played in the outcome of the election. Professor Pierson discussed what the outcome of the election means for the future of the Republican Party and the American Right. 

C-SPAN broadcast the panel, which can now be viewed here.

Spring 2017 Events

Thursday, Feb. 2, 4:00-5:30pm: Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Research Fellow, New America

Wednesday, March 1, 4:00-5:30pm: Kelsy Burke, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Tuesday, March 14, 4:30-6:00pm: George Lakoff, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics, UC Berkeley


Friday, April 21, 9:00am-3:30pm: Anxious Democracy: The First Hundred Days of the Trump Presidency - a one-day symposium REGISTER HERE


Read more about these events here.


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