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Donald Trump



  • How Historians Helped Convince Big Business Trump Was Dangerous

    Historian Timothy Snyder recounts his role in a November 2020 presentation to business leaders about the authoritarian danger reflected in Trump's lies about the "stolen" election. Did a potential coup fail because CEOs thought it was bad for business? Or is there a change afoot in corporate citizenship?



  • Gaming Elections is a Conservative Political Tradition

    by John S. Huntington

    "Conservatives have spent generations attempting to exploit arcane and anti-democratic electoral structures to carve a pathway for minoritarian rule."



  • The Electoral Count Act is Broken; History Shows it Always Has Been

    by Erik B. Alexander and Rachel Shelden

    Much of what we know about the Congressional resolution of the 1876 presidential election is wrong. Rather than a behind-the-scenes compromise, the election was decided in a context of severe vote suppression and partisanship.



  • The Apocalypse Never Dies, It Just Gets Weirder

    by Thomas Lecaque

    "Not only has the apocalypticism of the last few years not died out, but things aren’t getting better." A historian considers the intensification of apocalyptic rhetoric in American evangelicalism, and its fusion with the Trumpist political movement.



  • Daddy Issues

    by Bethany Moreton

    White American Christians have embraced aggressive patriarchy as access to social and economic power has become more concentrated in fewer hands. 



  • The Big Money Behind the Big Lie

    by Jane Mayer

    The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, based in Wisconsin, is a key connection between past reactionary movements and contemporary efforts to sow doubt about the integrity of elections and potentially place partisan Republicans in charge of counting future votes. 



  • A Hitler-Style Seizure of Power Was Never in Trump's Reach

    by Waitman Wade Beorn

    A historian of the German military under Nazism argues that Trump lacked the ability to recruit the military to his side the way that Hitler did, and the US faces greater danger from extremist paramilitaries or civil attempts to subvert democracy than from a military coup.



  • What Was the Fascism Debate?

    by Udi Greenberg

    What are the stakes in the academic debate over whether the Trump administration was fascist? 



  • Too Many are Still Underestimating the Trump Threat

    by Max Boot

    "What has made dictators and demagogues so dangerous is their ability to pull vast numbers of people into their personal delusions — to turn their paranoid fantasies and megalomaniacal dreams into a harsh reality for millions."


  • The Post-Trump GOP: Rebirth or Stillbirth?

    by Michael A. Genovese

    The Republicans are betting that sticking with Trump's MAGA posture will usher in a political realignment with a broader GOP base. History shows that with anger and resentment standing in for a substantive policy agenda that meets the challenges of the times such a realignment is unlikely.



  • Trump Teams Up with Newt for New Contract With America

    If Newt Gingrich is to be belived, the Republicans hope to win back Congressional majorities by focusing on culture war grudges that involve historians –particularly targeting the teaching of critical perspectives on American racism.