How the far right fell into line behind Donald Trump

The outgoing president has served as a beacon for a motley crew of extremists, scholars say

19 January 2021 - 20:42 By Joshua Chaffin

Five years ago, Kathleen Blee, a sociologist at the University of Pittsburgh, was interviewing former white supremacists and discovered something unexpected: unprompted, many of her subjects would bring up Donald Trump, who had just embarked on an outsider campaign for the White House.

“It was just striking to me,” recalled Blee, whose research into racist movements includes interviewing female Ku Klux Klan members from the 1920s for a book on the subject...

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