Donald Trump is often credited for his Rumpelstiltskin-like ability to turn the most amnesiac parts of the American psyche into political gold. But in his new book, Americans’ Mental Disorders: A Historical Inquiry into How the Republican Party Got Crazy, David Corn traces the GOP’s line of crazy love back to the 1950s and says Trump is just the latest in a long line of morally bankrupt politicians willing to use the chaotic madness caused by parts of the world. The darkest of society created to advance their ambitions.
“The far-right extremism, including paranoia, racism, tribalism, conspiracy theories, etc., what we have seen under Donald Trump is nothing new. It might be the peak, it’s not the aberration,” Corn said.
Corn, a veteran journalist, author, and director of the Washington bureau of Mother Jonesjoined the political podcast New anomaly to explain how the American brain became so damaged.
“The idea of exploiting, exploiting, and taking advantage of people’s fears, grievances, and resentments by manipulating violence, conspiracy theories, the like and the like, has always been the same,” he said. part of a Republican play. “So I think if you get that, it gives you at least some historical context as we try to understand what’s going on now.”
For example, Corn said, to get to QAnon, a conspiracy theory that sees Democrats as part of a pedophile gang that eats children, you must first start with McCarthyism, the televised challenge. Pat Robertson messenger, satanic panic and spending some time in a tricorne hat with the Tea Party.
“Tense anti-government plots [Joseph] McCarthy started that the government is run by evil, or Pat Robertson would say – and said – you know, a horde of satanic warriors that want to destroy us,” he said. “The Tea Party includes both, although I think its emotional energy leans more towards the plot of the madness. So it sucked people in. “
But the book is more than just a trip through the grim backdrop of America’s political past, Corn warns – without constant vigilance, the shadows of the right will prevail.
“Trump is a traumatic shock to the system. And it’s very difficult for people to fully absorb it to fully understand its ramifications and consequences and what needs to be done to deal with it,” he said. “Continuous vigilance is tiring. But if you’re not vigilant, you know who that gives it an advantage? “