Everyday People provides a comprehensive assessment of Trump supporters including white supremacists, conspiracy theorists, the Christian right, and cult followers and offers students a discussion of how this group is a symptom of a much larger social issue and movement in the United States. McNamara examines the appeal of Trump as a president and explains why so many people voted for him in the first place. The text reviews the most recent and relevant literature on Trump supporters and their makeup including historical documents, government reports, research studies, and media sources, to unpack and understand the issues in an objective and empirical way. Students will understand the source and substance of the controversies surrounding Trump and his followers and understand how fear and complacency causes people to suspend rational thinking and to develop misguided loyalties.
Robert Hartmann McNamara is currently a professor of criminal justice at the Citadel. He is the author of more than thirty books, including: The Criminalization of Immigration: Truth, Lies, Tragedy and Consequences, Social Problems: Finding Solutions, Taking Action; Multiculturalism, Crime, and Criminal Justice.
Chapter 1: Trump, Election Fraud And The Attack On The Capitol
The Certification Of Votes
Stop The Steal: Trump And Election Fraud
The Trump Response To The Rigged Election
The Attack On The Us Capitol
The Aftermath Of The Insurrection: Congressional Response
What Does It All Mean And Why Does It Matter?
Chapter 2: Republicans, Trumpism And Trumpsters
Context To Trumpism: The History Of The Republican Party
The Rise Of Trump And Trumpism
Trumpsters: A Profile
Trumpsters As A Cult
Chapter 3: Trump, Trumpsters And Cults
Overview Of Cults
Different Types Of Cults
Why People Join Cults
Is Trump A Cult Leader?
Qanon: Cult Or Something Else?
Are Trumpsters Cult Followers?
Chapter 4: Trump, Trumpsters And White Supremacists
The Rise Of White Supremacist Groups
White Nationalism Vs. White Supremacy Defined
The Alt-Right Movement And White Supremacy/Nationalism
White Supremacy And The Trump Administration
Proud Boys, Boogaloo Bois, And Other White Supremacy Trump Supporters
White Supremacy Groups And The Violence At The Us Capitol
Making Sense of White Supremacists and Trump Supporters
Chapter 5: The Christian Right As Trumpsters
The Christian Right Defined
A Brief History Of The Christian Right
The Contemporary Christian Right
Christian Right Topics Of Importance
The Christian Left
The Christian Right As Trumpsters
Chapter 6: Trumpsters As Nazis
How Tribes Form: Trust In Social Relationships
World War I: Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, And Nationalism
The Rise Of Nazism And Hitler In Germany
The Debate About Trump And Hitler
Chapter 7: How Trumpism And Trumpsters Have Changed Social Life In America
Sorting, Separatism And Social Life
Why We Are So Angry, Hateful, And Polarized
Chapter 8: Epilogue
Update On The January 6th Committee
Trump And Withholding Of Documents At Mar-A-Lago Resort
Background To The Case
Should The DOJ Prosecute Trump If The Evidence Supports An Indictment?
Efforts Continue To Promote The Big Lie
Trump Is Firmly In Control Of The Republican Party
The Republican Backpedal
Lessons Learned From The Trump Presidency
Everyday People provides a fresh and much-needed sociological voice for understanding the societal context that gave rise to Trumpism and provides a clear analysis of our current cultural and political divides
Everyday People provides a valuable supplement to political and psychological analyses of Trumpism by examining the social contexts that have allowed for its emergence, persistence, and effects on contemporary social life. True to the spirit of sociology, the book explores both social causes and social consequences of Trumpsters while asking how the movement is both similar and distinct within the context of U.S. social history.