At HippoReads: Emotional Politics Won the 2016 Election

In an op-ed, I argue that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders represent a throwback to the Age of Charisma.

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At HippoReads, I’ve written an op-ed suggesting that the rallies held by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders during the 2016 election cycle represent the resurgence of the sort of emotional politics that predominated during the Age of Charisma. Democrats, I argue, need to reclaim the politics of emotion the Left once embraced if they hope to win elections in the future. Click here to read the op-ed.

Update, February 6: This op-ed is now republished at History News Network! Click here to read it there.

Author: Jeremy C. Young

Jeremy C. Young is an assistant professor of history at Dixie State University and the author of The Age of Charisma: Leaders, Followers, and Emotions in American Society, 1870-1940.