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Introduction: The Emergence of America’s Trump and Trumpism

  • Jeremy Kowalski
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Part of the The Evolving American Presidency book series (EAP)

Abstract

Throughout the 2016 US presidential campaign, the vast majority of political pundits and media personalities trivialized or dismissed Donald Trump as a serious political force and presidential candidate. However, on 9 November 2016, the American nation awoke to newspaper headlines reading the following: “Trump triumphs” (New York Times, Washington Post), “Stunning Trump Win” (LA Times), “Shocker” (Santa Fe New Mexican), “America’s New Reality” (Juneau Empire), and “House of Horrors: Trump Seizes Divided States of America” (New York Daily News). Shortly after the unanticipated election and ascendancy of the political figure of Donald Trump to the US presidency, many astonished and bewildered journalists and other political commentators began asking the question, “How did this happen?”

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeremy Kowalski
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  1. 1.Wilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada

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