Ben Jacobs, political reporter for The Guardian, joined Ben Domenech in studio to discuss this week’s election news, the country’s heightened distrust in the media, and Trump’s influence on future politicians and down-ballot Republicans.
“There haven’t been people yet conscientiously modeling themselves after Trump, trying to adopt the avatar,” Jacobs said. “Part of it is that this has happened in such a dramatic way that if you were in a primary in March or April, no one would even think of being this sort of avatar Trump movement.”
Sites like InfoWars and Breitbart have allowed Trump and his supporters have built up an echo chamber of far right media. “Once you have a splinted landscape where there aren’t as many gatekeepers, consensus opinion is harder to form around a particular group of facts,” Domenech said.