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How Identity Politics Became All About White Men

Before Trump, Sarah Palin identified the political power of ‘real Americans’

Former VP candidate Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and others hold their hands over their hearts at a rally.
Photo: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post/Getty Images

“Identity politics” has been a catchphrase in American political discourse for several decades. It connotes a politics, sometimes a movement, based on race, ethnicity, religion, or sexuality. Identity movements in the United States have typically been the…

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Lawrence Rosenthal

Lawrence Rosenthal

Lawrence Rosenthal is the Director of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies. He wrote Empire of Resentment: Populism’s Toxic Embrace of Nationalism.

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