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Epilogue: The Trump Effect on Right-Wing Extremism in Canada

(with Dr. Tanner Mirrlees)
  • Barbara PerryEmail author
  • Ryan Scrivens
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Part of the Palgrave Hate Studies book series (PAHS)

Abstract

This chapter describes how, in the two intervening years since the 2015 report was completed, the landscape of the right-wing extremist (RWE) movement in Canada appears to have changed dramatically, in large part thanks to Donald J. Trump’s journey to the White House. His campaign and his surprising electoral victory rode a wave of anti-elitism and xenophobia. He masterfully exploited the economic and cultural anxieties of white working-class and petite bourgeois Americans by deflecting blame for their woes onto the “usual suspects”, among them minorities, liberals, Muslims, professionals and immigrants. His rhetoric touched a chord, and in fact emboldened and energized white supremacist ideologies, identities, movements and practices in the United States and around the world. Indeed, the Trump Effect touched Canada as well. This chapter explores how the American politics of hate unleashed by Trump’s right-wing populist posturing galvanized Canadian white supremacist ideologies, identities, movements and practices. This chapter provides an overview of the manifestations of the Trump Effect in Canada. We also contextualize the antecedents of Trump’s resonance in Canada, highlighting the preconditions for and currents and characteristics of RWE in Canada.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social Science and HumanitiesUniversity of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOshawaCanada
  2. 2.School of Criminal JusticeMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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