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Sarah Palin: the spark that ignited America's hard-right revolt

Lorcan Nyhan


The Alaskan governor's rhetoric in 2008 bewitched Republican voters but led to Wednesday's Capitol shame, says Lorcan Nyhan

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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump at a campaign rally in January 2016. Photo: AP

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump at a campaign rally in January 2016. Photo: AP

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump at a campaign rally in January 2016. Photo: AP

The sight of thousands of men and women storming the Capitol building last Wednesday may have been shocking, but it shouldn't have been a surprise.

In 2008 the Republican party opened the gate to precisely this event.


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