Alt-Righting: Power, Anti-Semitism and Self-Destruction

Author Jonathan Weisman on his new book Semitism and TPM's Allegra Kirkland on the alt-right.

By Allen McDuffee | March 19, 2018
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During the 2016 election cycle, the ultra conservative white nationalist movement peddling anti-semitism and other forms of bigotry known as the alt-right emerged as a growing group with influence in the Trump camp. And once Steve Bannon became President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, the alt-right had a direct line to the Oval Office. But with the ouster of Bannon in August and some financial and organizational setbacks, does the alt-right have the same power they had just one year ago?

On this episode, I talk with Allegra Kirkland of Talking Points Memo about her ongoing reporting on the alt-right. And in the book chat, I speak with Jonathan Weisman of The New York Times about his new book, Semitism: Being Jewish In America In The Age of Trump.

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Guests:

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland

Jonathan Weisman is an editor in the Washington bureau of The New York Times and the author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump. Follow him on Twitter: @jonathanweisman

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