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Trumping Democracy in the United States

From Ronald Reagan to Alt-Right

By Chip Berlet


272 pages

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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 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 allegedly 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Roots of Reaction - Chip Berlet

Chapter 1: Theocracy and White Supremacy: Behind the Culture War to Restore Traditional Values - Chip Berlet and Margaret Quigley

Chapter 2: Republicans, Fascists, and George H. W. Bush - Chip Berlet and Holly Sklar

Chapter 3: Swastikas in Cyberspace: Ultra-Right White Supremacy and Antisemitism Onine - Chip Berlet and Carol Mason

Chapter 4: The European New Right and US Politics - Margaret Quigley

Chapter 5: Why Now? - Jean V. Hardisty

Chapter 6:Militia Nation - Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons

Chapter 7: Defending the Four Freedoms - Chip Berlet

Chapter 8: What We Face in the Year 2000 - Matthew N. Lyons and Chip Berlet

Chapter 9: Culture, Religion, Apocalypse, and Middle East Foreign Policy - Chip Berlet and Nikhil Aziz

Chapter 10:Condi’s Dad and the Lessons of War - Chip Berlet

Chapter 11: Drifting Right and Going Wrong: An Overview of the U.S. Political Right - Chip Berlet and Jean V. Hardisty

Chapter 12: Running Against Sodom and Osama: The Christian Right, Values Voters and the Culture Wars in 2006 - Chip Berlet and Pam Chamberlain

Chapter 13: The Rise of Dominionism: Remaking America as a Christian Nation - Frederick Clarkson

Chapter 14: Exporting Right-Wing Christianity - Jean Hardisty and Chip Berlet

Chapter 15: The Tea Party Moment - Abby Scher and Chip Berlet

Chapter 16: From the KKK to Dylann Roof: White nationalism infuses our political ideology - Chip Berlet

Chapter 17: Romney Appeals to White Tribalism in Ohio - Arun Gupta and Michelle Fawcett

Chapter 18:Trumping’ Democracy:Right-Wing Populism, Fascism, and the Case for Action - Chip Berlet

Chapter 19: Republican Ideological Shift in Election 2016 - Alex DiBranco and Chip Berlet

Chapter 20: The Patriot Movement, Armed Insurgents, and Trumpism - Spencer Sunshine and Chip Berlet

Chapter 21: Alt-Right, Neofascism, and Trump - Chip Berlet

Afterword: Defending Democracy Itself - Chip Berlet and Bill Fletcher, Jr.


About the Author

John Foster "Chip" Berlet is an American investigative journalist, research analyst, photojournalist, scholar, and activist specializing in the study of extreme right-wing movements in the United States.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right

This new book series focuses upon fascist, far right and right-wing politics primarily within a historical context but also drawing on insights from other disciplinary perspectives. Its scope also includes radical-right populism, cultural manifestations of the far right and points of convergence and exchange with the mainstream and traditional right.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Elections
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes