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1 - Base

from Part I - Trump’s Tribe

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 September 2021

Barbara Kellerman
Affiliation:
Harvard University, Massachusetts
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Chapter 1 tells how even early on, as a presidential candidate but still a political novice, Trump had a special connection to some considerable number of the American people. It describes the demographic to whom he particularly appealed, the nature of his appeal, and the reasons for his appeal. It references how Trump’s candidacy could easily have stumbled, referencing an incident that shows how it nearly did. But then the chapter goes on to describe how and why he was able to survive near political disaster with relative ease. The visceral connection between Trump and his diehard followers explains why, despite so much gone wrong in 2020, a public health crisis and an economic crisis, Trump’s base held firm. The chapter finally makes clear how it is Trump’s base that explains everything – that explains how he was able to be so bad a president and get away with it, until Joe Biden finally pushed him out of the Oval Office.

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The Enablers
How Team Trump Flunked the Pandemic and Failed America
, pp. 19 - 35
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Barbara Kellerman, Harvard University, Massachusetts
  • Book: The Enablers
  • Online publication: 03 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108974417.002
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  • Barbara Kellerman, Harvard University, Massachusetts
  • Book: The Enablers
  • Online publication: 03 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108974417.002
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  • Base
  • Barbara Kellerman, Harvard University, Massachusetts
  • Book: The Enablers
  • Online publication: 03 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108974417.002
Available formats
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