Trump Campaign (This Recent Iteration of White Nationalism & Anti-Semitism Began With Him At Twitter)


At home and coursing across the internet of things (that network of devices and other forms of connective hardware), it is easy to trace back this current iteration of white nationalism and what seems like an almost sudden appearance into and actualization onto the mainstream of American public life. It began during the Trump campaign on Twitter, how Trump and the GOP fed and continue to feed swampy people, contributing to this ideological enviornment, doing their part to magnify obsessions about Jews, globalists, money, the media, and “‘white genocide.” We can track how this new neo-Nazi new anti-Semitism became viral there online, the threats at Twitter, in particular, first directed at Jewish journalists, before bursting out into the so-called real world, itself now turned into and mirrored as something nightmarish and surreal in which the country is led by a president who is himself a proud (white) nationalist. Always already there in the shadows, this public iteration is about 3 years old now.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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