'Standing with patriots'? Trump, Twitter and the silent majority

Lewis John Dowle

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Donald Trump’s performance in the Republican Primaries, and the subsequent election, changed the face of politics for generations to come. This chapter wrestles with Trump’s pugnacious and truculent use of Twitter throughout the Republican Primaries in constructing identity, fear and emotion. A total of 3,252 tweets are analysed using thematic analysis and critical discourse analysis, enquiring of the meaning, power and ensuing effect of such tweets. The role of space and place helped Trump situate his tweets contextually, building on the imaginative geographies of his followers and reaffirming an American identity juxtaposed with an unknown and hostile ‘Other’. Trump’s construction of such an identity through nationalist discourses adopted the Mexico/US border as a material and metaphorical boundary for patriotism and the ‘true’ American. The ‘silent majority’ of Trump supporters embody the tensions between identity and fear, tapped into by Trump through authoritarian tweets and demonising discourses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical Landscapes of Donald Trump
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN (Print)9780367197001
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2020


  • Twitter
  • Trump
  • Emotional Geopolitics
  • Republican Primaries
  • Silent Majority


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