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The Emotions of Protest$
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James M. Jasper

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226561646

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226561813.001.0001

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(p.167) Afterword: Trump
The Emotions of Protest

James M. Jasper

University of Chicago Press

While this book was out with reviewers, Donald J. Trump became president of the United States. His election looked like the triumph of emotions over reason, with his supporters driven by the fears and hatreds that Trump continually stirred up in his speeches and tweets. They seemed to accept at face value his claims to be a smart businessman who knows how to run things and create jobs, ignoring his billion-dollar loss on one leaked tax return as well as his notorious tendency to cheat contractors, students at his so-called university, and almost anyone he dealt with. He claimed to have numerous secret plans for making America great again. To journalists and scholars, there seemed no rational, evidence-based reason to support Trump, so his victory must have been due to the emotions of the moment....

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