“When I get back into the Oval Office,” former president Donald Trump told the annual gathering of the conservative group Turning Point USA recently, “I will obliterate the deep state.” While this may sound like simply more of the same authoritarian bombast that he is known for, it is no idle threat. Indeed, it is deeply rooted in a Republican imperative that predates Trump, one that has a political traction that probably will outlast him.
Article by Joseph Lowndes and Daniel Martinez HoSang Former Republican South Carolina Governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley launched her bid for president recently in a video that began by describing the racial division that marked her small hometown of Bamberg, South Carolina. Meanwhile, another presumptive GOP candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, has continued his crusade
Warnings about ‘replacement’ from the right build on political tropes dating back to the 19th century By Joe Lowndes In the wake of the mass shooting in a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Buffalo, public attention has turned to “The Great Replacement,” French writer Renaud Camus’s theory of White racial “genocide by substitution,”
By shedding the detritus of race-based nationalism, today’s insurgents have harnessed the power of white innocence. By Joe Lowndes The deep chasm in American political culture continues to open, and to generate irreconcilable positions on everything from climate change to Covid-19 to critical race theory. The intensity of this divide is driven largely by the zeal
Deferring to the economic and political elites that have set the stage for this carnage will only the embolden the far right to continue to provide a kind of reactionary framing to the feelings of abandonment, isolation and betrayal. By Joe Lowndes Donald Trump’s political fortunes may indeed be at an end. Abandoned by his
Republicans once kept the fringe at arm’s length. Trump made it mainstream. “I put out, ‘When are you going to go get him?’ And the U.S. Marshals went in to get him,” President Trump said to Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, referring to Michael Forest Reinoehl, the man accused of killing Aaron “Jay” Danielson, an
Joe Lowndes interviews Leila Hassan and Farruk Dhondy, who worked at the UK publication Race Today, which chronicled the early 1980s struggles against racism there.