Monday, August 8, 2016

“Trump's candidacy [will] threaten to leave behind three toxic legacies”—Sarah Kendzior

“…Trump's candidacy threatens to leave behind three toxic legacies. First is the continued rise of right-wing extremism and militia groups…. If Trump loses, neither he nor his followers will take it well… Trump's loss could be the cause that unites disparate hate groups across the country… The second challenge is that, thanks to Trump, economic discontent has become linked to white populism. Americans voting for Trump are as diverse in their reasoning — open bigotry, economic agony, hatred of Clinton, vague longing for change — as are the supporters of any other candidate. Where they are not diverse is race: Trump's fan base is almost uniformly white… The third challenge is the continued decline of the media. Network CEO Les Moonves has bragged that Trump's campaign ‘may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS.’ What will Trump do if he is no longer a candidate? Media insiders are predicting the rise of ‘Trump News,’ a media empire that will cater to, as one insider said, ‘a base of the population that hasn't had a voice in a long time.’ If the media organization mirrors Trump's campaign, that base will include Klansmen, militia members and everyday racists…” (Sarah Kendzior).

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