Meet the Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America

Meet the Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America

by Harmon Leon, Ted Rall
Meet the Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America

Meet the Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America

by Harmon Leon, Ted Rall


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Ripped from the headlines, Meet the Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America ventures deep into Red State territory and explores the current shape of our divided country, providing a fresh, first-hand perspective of right-wing subcultures and the mindsets of the so-called “deplorables” who helped propel Donald J. Trump to the Oval Office.

“A rollicking ride through Trumpland." –Harriet Alexander, The Telegraph

In his inimitable Gonzo-style, infiltration journalist HARMON LEON—whose stories have appeared in VICE, Esquire, The Nation, and National Geographic—dons a variety of disguises and goes undercover into the heart of Trump America where his exploits include canvassing door-to-door as a Trump supporter, hanging out with Trump fanatics as they receive free Donald tattoos, demonstrating how easy it is to purchase an assault weapon on Facebook, visiting an anti-Muslim hate group on the same day as a mass shooting, spending time with anti-choice protesters in front of Planned Parenthood, joining a conversion therapy group that tries to “turn” gay men straight, and many, many more.

Adding an innovative extra dimension to the book, TED RALL, two-time winner of the RFK Journalism Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist, enhances the carefully crafted narrative—and connects Leon's audacious accounts to the greater Trump phenomena—with his own distinctive cartoons and insightful analysis, including a poignant epilogue.

A necessary read in the time of Trump, this unique collaboration by the formidable team of Harmon Leon and Ted Rall holds up a mirror to modern conservative life and reflects a reality that is outrageous, entertaining, and illuminating.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946358103
Publisher: 39 West Press
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Series: Full-Color Collector's Edition
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

HARMON LEON is a journalist, comedian, and author of six previous books, including The Harmon Chronicles and Republican Like Me, which both won Independent Publisher Awards for humor. Leon has appeared on This American Life, The Howard Stern Show, MSNBC, Penn and Teller: Bullshit!, Last Call with Carson Daly, and the BBC. He has performed critically-acclaimed solo comedy shows at venues around the world, including The Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and Montreal's Just for Laughs. His writing can be found in Vice, The Nation, Esquire, Ozy, National Geographic, The Guardian, Wired, and more.

TED RALL has worked in almost every aspect of cartooning. His syndicated editorial cartoons for Andrews McMeel Syndication have appeared in publications like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Washington Post, and Village Voice since the 1990s and have earned him two RFK Journalism Awards and a Pulitzer finalistship. He has done local- and state-issue cartoons for The Asbury Park Press, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Harrisburg Patriot-News, and The Los Angeles Times and humor cartoons for MAD magazine. Rall was a top editor at United Media and continues to edit cartoons for a variety of publications and cartoonists. He is also a widely-circulated syndicated opinion columnist for Creators Syndicate and has published twenty books, including collections of cartoons and essays, original graphic novels, war correspondence, adventure, travel, and political biographies. Rall's best-known books are the Gen X manifesto Revenge of the Latchkey Kids, the war travelogue To Afghanistan and Back, and the political bios Snowden and Bernie. His latest title is Francis, the People's Pope. Rall lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Truth Is Scary xv

Preface: Where Others Not Dare xx

Part One: Pure Crazy Trump Fanatics

Introduction: Americans Are Stupid. So What? 3

Chapter 1: Trump: The Rock & Roll Muse 7

Chapter 2: Ink Me Some Trump 15

Chapter 3: Knocking on Doors for Trump 26

Part Two: Build a Wall and Get ’Em Out

Introduction: Trump Isn’t Bluffing 37

Chapter 4: Islamophobes Love Cookies 41

Chapter 5: Angry Villagers Chasing Aliens 50

Chapter 6: KKK Restaurants Make Great Pies 61

Chapter 7: Muslim? No Guns for You! 67

Part Three: A Match Made in Heaven

Introduction: Don’t Worry, Trump Is Toast 75

Chapter 8: Best Little Hell House in Texas 79

Chapter 9: He Blinded Me with Biblical Science 87

Chapter 10: It’s a Purity Ring Thang 96

Chapter 11: Unborn Jesus & the Grim Reaper 104

Chapter 12: Hit Me with Your Best Ex-gay Shot 114

Part Four: Don’t Take Away Our Guns

Introduction: Armed to the Teeth 127

Chapter 13: Not on Our Watch 131

Chapter 14: Janie Got a Gun ... on Facebook 141

Chapter 15: It’s a Shotgun Wedding, Literally 150

Part Five: Making America Great Again

Introduction: The Tsunami Is Coming 161

Chapter 16: Here Comes the Repo Man 167

Chapter 17: Fear & Loathing Beneath Las Vegas 177

Chapter 18: The Smell of Meth in the Morning 186

Chapter 19: Knights in Shining White Jumpsuits 196

Chapter 20: Shout at the Devil 202

Afterword: Thanks to Trump, a New Left Rises 209

Acknowledgments 213

Image Credits 215

About the Authors 217

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