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    The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump with Joe Uscinski

The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump with Joe Uscinski

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This Extra Inning of the Ballpark features audio from the US Centre’s event “Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump” which took place on 25 July 2018. Joseph Uscinski, associate professor of political science at University of Miami, speaks about his book American Conspiracy Theories and why President Trump might be America’s first conspiratorial president.

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    A majority of Americans no longer trust their government on immigration

A majority of Americans no longer trust their government on immigration

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In his election campaign, President Trump was able to win support by playing on many Americans’ concerns over immigration. In a new report, Sophia Gaston and Joseph Uscinski argue that this rhetoric has opened up new space for immigration related conspiracy theories, with as many as 55 percent of Americans now believing that the government is concealing the true […]

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    Almost 60 percent of Americans believe in conspiracy theories about JFK. Here’s why that might be a problem.

Almost 60 percent of Americans believe in conspiracy theories about JFK. Here’s why that might be a problem.

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November 22nd marks 55 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. More than half a century after the event, a majority of Americans believe that more people were involved with the killing than simply Lee Harvey Oswald. Joseph E. Uscinski takes a close look at Kennedy conspiracy theories, arguing that one of the reasons […]

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    Conspiracy theorists helped the Parkland students keep gun control on the national agenda

Conspiracy theorists helped the Parkland students keep gun control on the national agenda

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In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, gun control has remained on the political and media agendas for far longer than has been the case following similar events in the past. Joseph E. Uscinski, Darin DeWitt, and Matthew D. Atkinson argue that this shooting has continued to capture the nation’s […]

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    Just like previous presidents, Donald Trump’s political fortunes rise and fall with the economy

Just like previous presidents, Donald Trump’s political fortunes rise and fall with the economy

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In spite of an ever-growing list of scandals and criminal indictments, President Trump’s job approval rating has rallied from its December nadir. Trump’s approval rating is now in the low 40s – where Reagan’s and Clinton’s approval stood around the time of their first midterm elections. Given Trump’s controversial statements and the various crises which have gripped the White […]

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    The Ballpark Extra Innings: Conspiracy theories and Donald Trump

The Ballpark Extra Innings: Conspiracy theories and Donald Trump

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Donald Trump has brought conspiracy theories into the mainstream political debate. We spoke with political scientist Joe Uscinski, author of American Conspiracy Theories, about what impact this has had on American politics and elections.

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How playing on conspiracy theories can be key to electoral success – Joe Uscinski – June 7, 2016
How exposure to conspiracy theories can reduce trust in […]

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    Why holding a presidential nominating convention in a swing state matters

Why holding a presidential nominating convention in a swing state matters

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This week the media’s narrative shifts from Cleveland Ohio, the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Democrats are holding their convention. That nominating conventions provide a ‘bump’ in the polls for a party’s candidate is relatively well known – but is there an effect on the states and cities which are holding them? […]

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    How playing on conspiracy theories can be key to electoral success

How playing on conspiracy theories can be key to electoral success

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Why are some conspiracy theories more popular than others? Joseph E. Uscinski writes that conspiracy theories which go past partisan rivalry and target a political or economic system, or even a whole class of people, are usually much more attractive to a larger number of people than theories which concern a single event or person. He argues that Donald […]

How 2016 has become the “conspiracy theory” election

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The popularity of Donald Trump in the 2016 race has also seen the elevation of conspiracy theories to the forefront of the public consciousness. Joseph E. Uscinski writes that while some amount of conspiracy theorizing will always be present in our politics, they now dominate all aspects of the 2016 campaign discourse. He argues that the prominence of conspiracy […]

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    If Trump’s rhetoric around conspiracy theories follows him to the White House, it could lead to the violation of rights on a massive scale. 

If Trump’s rhetoric around conspiracy theories follows him to the White House, it could lead to the violation of rights on a massive scale. 

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Even before his increasingly successful presidential run, Donald Trump was well known as being a promoter of conspiracy theories, which began with his accusations that President Obama was not born in the US, and was thus ineligible for the presidency. But how would a conspiracy theorist act if elected to the White House? Joseph E. Uscinski writes that while […]

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