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A charismatic populist candidate for president promotes a platform to create prosperity and restore America to greatness. Sound like today's headlines?

It's the plot premise for Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel, It Can't Happen Here.

Things did not turn out well for the America that elected Lewis' fictional candidate, Buzz Windrip.  He quickly outlaws dissent, dilutes Congress' power by dividing the nation into administrative districts led by businessmen, and establishes a Gestapo-like police force called The Minute Men.

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The head of sexual assault prevention and survivor services at Illinois State University said Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump's comments and the videotape of him talking about grabbing women's genitals is causing a lot of conversation among women students at ISU.

Gail Trimpe-Morrow said the idea that this is reflective of all men has an impact for both men and women.

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Donald Trump declared during Sunday’s debate that remarks about sexually groping women were – as he put it – “just words” but at Illinois State University, there is a concerted effort to change the campus culture so students, faculty and staff chose their words more carefully.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says he condemns sexual assault ``in the strongest possible way'' after women alleged Donald Trump groped them, but the Illinois Republican refuses to say whether he'll vote for the GOP presidential nominee.  

Rauner did not mention Trump's name during his remarks Thursday and reiterated that he has not made an endorsement in the presidential race.  

In March, Rauner said he would ``support the Republican Party's nominee for president.'' Trump was the front-runner then, but not yet the nominee.  

PAC Tries To Link Rauner And Trump

Oct 12, 2016
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A Democratic state senator in Illinois says he has started a federal super PAC to combat the millions of dollars that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his supporters are spending on state Legislative races.  
Federal Election Commission filings show the Leading Illinois for Tomorrow political action committee, started by Daniel Biss of Evanston, has spent more than $1 million this week on advertising.

Should Political Opponents Face Legal Prosecution?

Oct 10, 2016

Political Scientists from ISU have different reactions to Donald Trump's debate comment that if he were President, Hillary Clinton would be in jail. Erik Rankin spoke during GLT's Sound Ideas.

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History and Fine Arts at Illinois State University are doing a collaborative election series this year. In the series is a session on voter suppression in America.

Vanessa Schulman is an art historian and Amy Wood is in the Department of History.

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Both Vice Presidential candidates did their jobs in the debate Tuesday evening.

That's according to ISU political scientists Tom McClure and Erik Rankin.

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For the first time in U.S. history, a woman tops the ticket of a major U.S. political party.

Illinois State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Kyle Ciani said that is a big deal.

"I think it's important for the nation, I think it's important historically" said Ciani.  "I think it's also very important in juxtaposition to who the Republican candidate is."

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The media face new and serious challenges in covering the current U.S. Presidential election. That's according to ISU Communication Professor John Huxford.

Huxford is a former British reporter, editor, and feature writer who has nearly 20 years of experience in journalism. Huxford teaches classes in news literacy and cultural studies.

Rep. LaHood Supports Trump, Not Trump's Comments

Aug 11, 2016
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Donald Trump continues to receive support from Republicans, despite comments that have been described as racist, misogynistic and divisive. 18th District Representative Darin LaHood said he will support Trump, but he will not defend Trump's comments.

Opponent Urges Rep. LaHood to Dump Trump Support

Aug 3, 2016
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While high-level Republicans are blasting Donald Trump daily on national TV, a candidate for the 18th Congressional District wonders why U.S. Representative Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) isn’t doing the same.

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Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the GOP convention was a litany of problems he said the country faces. 

It was nothing like Ronald Reagan's famous slogan "It's morning in America."

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Republican officials who’ve been holding out on endorsing Donald Trump are moving to his corner, albeit reluctantly.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Channahon said walked a tight political line Tuesday when asked directly about his stance on Trump.

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Some Illinois delegates for Donald Trump say they’ll skip next week’s political convention in protest of their own state Republican Party.

Rich Nordstrom won election in the Republican primary to go to next week’s Republican National Convention as a delegate, and officially vote for Donald Trump to be the party’s nominee.

Clinton Warns Of Trump Danger

Jul 13, 2016
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Hillary Clinton said the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln has been transformed into "the party of Trump."

Ratting off a series of attacks against her GOP rival during an appearance in Springfield, Clinton said Trump is "dangerous," "divisive," "fear-mongering" and is "pitting American against American."


The question of the moment among some political observers is does the rise of Donald Trump signal a new fascism in development. For an Illinois Wesleyan University political scientist the answer is no. Kathleen Montgomery tells GLT’s Charlie Schlenker Fascism is a full ideology that Donald Trump does not have.