Friday, Mar. 01, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (PT)

Naming the Enemy: Trumpism and Authoritarian Rule with Lawrence Rosenthal

Naming the enemy is fundamental to the mass appeal of right populism. Who is a friend and who is the enemy is central to the mind set of right-wing politics. Each of Donald Trump's presidential campaigns highlighted a particular enemy. The consequences of Trump's successful 2016 campaign for the enemy of that campaign —immigrants — were grave, systematically depriving them of rights and legal personhood.

In his current campaign, Trump has conflated the nation's enemy with a smorgasbord of his political and legal opponents. The legal model his government used at the southern border during his administration may well be brought to bear in a new administration against Democrats and other representatives of the liberal democratic order.

About the Speaker

Lawrence Rosenthal is Chair and Lead Researcher of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies. He edits The Journal of Right-Wing Studies and is the author of Empire of Resentment: Populism’s Toxic Embrace of Nationalism. He has co-edited Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party and The New Nationalism and the First World War.

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