The party that thrives on hate


How did trolls take over the GOP? Salon's senior political reporter, and now author, Amanda Marcotte joins Salon's executive editor Andrew O'Hehir to discuss her new book "Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set on Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself", which examines the ideological and political climate that abetted Donald Trump's rise to the presidency.

Available April 24, Marcotte's book explores the long-term degradation of conservatism in the Republican party and why it's not just about Trump. "The larger premise of the book is that Trump is not an anomaly, that Trump is sort of the logical conclusion of a movement in conservatism that's been going on for decades," Marcotte said. "Fueled by talk radio, Fox News, other such things that's has really kind of reconstructed American conservatism into this ideology I'd say of like hate and bigotry. More than like actual political opinions or ideas."

Check out the episode above to hear more about the political and cultural climate that set the stage for a Trump presidency and why Marcotte argues Trump was "an opportunist who saw himself in what conservatism has become." Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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