DONALD TRUMP: MORBID SYMPTOM OF THE INTERREGNUM TRUMP AS TROPE

Authors

  • Lauren LANGMAN Loyola University of Chicago

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14515/monitoring.2018.5.12

Keywords:

Interregnum, legitimation crises, authoritarianism, reactionary populisms, racism, racial extinction, ressentiment, privileged identities

Abstract

The election of Donald Trump raises a number of questions about how and why he was supported by the voters to gain electoral college victory. His election was not due to economic hardships but rather due to his unique ability to mobilize three primary constituents of the republican party: its billionaire elites, evangelical Christians and racist white nationalists. His appeal rested upon the authoritarianism of these constituencies, as well as fears of the loss of privileged Identities based on race, religion and/ or gender, disdain toward immigrants, fearing the “decline” of the nation and ressentiment toward corrupt elites.

Published

2018-11-10