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Lawrence Rosenthal and Christine Trost

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274228

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274228.001.0001

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Reframing Populist Resentments in the Tea Party Movement

Reframing Populist Resentments in the Tea Party Movement

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(p.47) Chapter 2 Reframing Populist Resentments in the Tea Party Movement
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Chip Berlet

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0003

This chapter argues that Tea Party advances its agenda using the historic rhetoric, tropes, and frames of right-wing populism, especially the narrative called “producerism.” In right-wing producerist movements, activists tend to perceive their political adversaries through the lens of fear-based dualism (self versus other; us versus them) and demonization of the “other.” They claim their opponents threaten the very existence of the nation. In the Tea Party movement, these views are intertwined with long-standing right-wing conspiracy theories about liberal betrayal. In an effort to mobilize its members, the Tea Party movement largely has adopted fear-based frames and narratives in which liberal and left ideological opponents are demonized and scapegoated as consciously or unconsciously destroying the America of liberty and freedom.

Keywords:   Tea Party movement, conservatives, right-wing populism, producerism, fear-based dualism, liberals, right wing, conspiracy theories

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