The Trump Phenomenon: How the Politics of Populism Won in 2016:

In “The Trump Phenomenon: How the Politics of Populism Won in 2016”, Peter Kivisto briefly covers Donald Trump’s presidency from the election to his last few days in office. For starters, Populism is a political approach that strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups. In the beginning the author describes a few of the flaws that former president Trump displayed before he even step foot on the presidential platform. To put things into prospective in the text it states, “he was a central figure over several years in stoking the birther conspiracy theory that sought to delegitimize the election of the nation’s first black President. They did so even though his bullying and name-calling of his Republican rivals was uncivil, revealing a lack of respect for those he competed against for the nomination.” Not only that, but he called a ban on Muslims entering this country and sought to demonize Mexican or make them look like criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc., in addition to the numerous sexual assault cases and foul language towards women in general. Kivisto also, does a break down on what democracy is exactly and further investigates the electoral victory of former President Barack Obama as a point of comparison to that of Donald Trumps.  To further break down Trumps terms in presidency, the author also looks at Trump’s supporters and the people who voted for them (believe it or not people who didn’t support Trump still gave him their vote). This is broken down into about 12 characteristics that are put into 2 categories labels “Insiders” and “Outsiders” with the insiders being the more favorable group of people Trump wanted on his side. Lastly Kivisto looks into the media and their role in Trumps presidency. Often while Trump was in office the media (Fox New, social platforms, etc.) often misinformed citizens of the US. To conclude in the text it says, “For years, as a conservative radio talk show host, I played a role in that conditioning by hammering the mainstream media for its bias and double standards. But the price turned out to be far higher than I imagined. The cumulative effect of the attacks was to delegitimize those outlets and essentially destroy much of the right’s immunity from false information. We thought we were creating a savvier, more skeptical audience. Instead, we opened the door for President Trump, who found an audience that could be easily misled.”

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