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The fervor and controversy surrounding the political rallies of Donald Trump has been national news for months. Georgia Southern professor Jared Sexton visited a recent Trump rally and was stunned by what he witnessed. His story earned him tens of thousands of new Twitter followers and once again brought the issue of Trump's rallies to the forefront.

We speak with Sexton about his experience and what fuels the intensity behind Trump’s gatherings. We also welcome Mercer professor Chris Grant to the show and ask him how Trump's rallies stack up on a historical level.

Five Arrested At Fox Theatre Trump Event

Jun 15, 2016
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Atlanta police arrested five people today at the Donald Trump event at the Fox Theatre. They say one was inside and four were outside, where protestors gathered holding signs saying “Trump Hates Grits” and “Build Bridges, Not Walls.”  The presumptive Republican presidential nominee renewed his call for tighter restrictions on immigration and Muslims. He called for more security measures following Sunday’s shooting in Orlando.

Trump Visits Atlanta

Jun 15, 2016
Rebecca Wheeler / GPB

Our panel of insiders and GPB’s team of reporters cover all the news of Donald Trump’s visit to Atlanta. He’s in town just hours before “Political Rewind” airs for a private fundraising breakfast and a public rally at the Fox Theatre at noon.

In an abrupt shift in message, Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he might be taking on a Republican tenet: the party's long-standing opposition to gun control.

Trump said he would talk to the NRA about not allowing "people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns." In typical fashion for the presumptive Republican nominee, the announcement came via Twitter:

The NRA, for its part, says there's no conflict:

In a statement, the NRA said it would be "happy to meet with Donald Trump." But that:

Savannah College Students Get Lessons On Donald Trump

Jun 14, 2016
Robert Smith



College students study history,  philosophy, math ... and now Donald Trump.  Students at Savannah State University had the option to take, The Trump Factor, a new class designed around the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

The showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is all but official as the nomination phase of election season winds down. Trump has successfully navigated past the misgivings that many had about his campaign and has earned a great deal of political power in the process. Savannah State University professor Robert Smith has observed Trump’s political ascension and fashioned a college course around the braggadocios businessman.

We talk with novelist Terry McMillian, who uses a familiar creative device to help many of her female characters face their fears: reinvention. We saw that play out in her New York Times bestseller "Waiting to Exhale,” and we see it again in her latest novel, "I Almost Forgot About You."  McMillian is in Atlanta this week for a book talk and signing.  

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Georgia U.S. Senator David Perdue’s recent op-ed in the Washington Post, which comes close to an out-and-out endorsement of Donald Trump, says that Trump, like Perdue himself, is an example of how voters are embracing candidates who aren’t part of the Washington establishment. Perdue writes “let Trump be Trump,” and if he is, he will be elected president.

Last month, we discussed the #NeverTrump social media movement and asked if conservative voters would stick with the Republican Party or look for a different option should Donald Trump became the GOP nominee. Now, with Hillary Clinton approaching victory in the Democratic primary, a #NeverHillary movement has attracted voters who vow not to support her bid for the White House, no matter the options. This has pushed voters away from Clinton and toward Bernie Sanders, third party candidates, and even Trump.

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Centuries ago, Plato predicted that democracy is always doomed to fail and die. He said a tyrant will always rise in democracies and end the free system. Was he right? We asked Charlotte Thomas, a philosophy professor at Mercer University in Macon

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A poll by the evangelical firm Barna Group found Christians who regularly attend church, and those who don’t, have very different feelings when it comes to presidential candidate Donald Trump. More than a third of churchgoers hold unfavorable opinions of the de facto Republican nominee while other Republicans who identify as Christian generally like him.

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AJC political writer Jim Galloway unveils the results of the newspaper’s brand new poll. The panel discusses the poll findings on Governor Deal’s approval rating, how Georgians feel about his vetoes of campus carry and religious liberty, and who stacks up as a better general election candidates against Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

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A new poll from WSB-TV shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie in Georgia. But it's still the early days in the the general election campaign. Neither candidate has officially won their party's nomination, and 16 percent of voters in that poll are undecided. 

Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out of the Presidential race last week, leaving Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. But his candidacy doesn’t have the widespread support of the GOP. We check in with Republicans from around the state who vowed to never vote Trump about their options now. Our guests include author Demetrius Minor and conservative talk show host Greg Williams.

Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out of the presidential race last week, leaving Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s de facto nominee. But his candidacy doesn’t have the widespread support of the GOP. We check in with Republicans from around the state who vowed to never vote Trump about their options now.

Our guests include author Demetrius Minor and conservative talk show host Greg Williams. 

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Think this year’s presidential race is unlike anything that’s happened in the past? Not so fast! We welcome back Emory University history professor Joe Crespino, who discusses the striking parallels between the current campaigns and past races in American history.

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Tuesday was Governor Deal’s final day to act on legislation. The headline, of course, was his decision to veto the controversial “campus carry” bill. What factors led to his veto? What will pro-gun forces do next? How will the governor’s action affect his ability to work with legislators next session?

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Wisconsin voters weren’t good to front-runners in the race for the White House.

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Think that this year’s presidential contest is the wildest this country’s ever seen? Well, think again.

Two’s a company and three’s a crowd, but does that apply to American politics? A number of Republicans have called for a third party candidate as Donald Trump gets closer to the Republican nomination. Are we witnessing the rise of the Independent Party?

We speak about third party politics with Ron Rapoport, Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary, and Murray Dabby, the co-coordinator of Georgia Independent Voters. 

Breaking Down The March 15 Primaries

Mar 16, 2016
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In news from Washington, President Obama picked the top judge from the DC Circuit to be the next Supreme Court justice. Merrick Garland is a former federal prosecutor who had been previously been recommended to the president by a leading Republican for openings on the Court. 

Authoritarianism In American Politics

Mar 7, 2016
Michael Vadon

Donald Trump is an unlikely candidate for president. He has no real political experience and endorses extremist views. Yet, the GOP frontrunner has had success with voters across all demographic lines. Political scientists point to the rise in authoritarianism in American politics as the driver of Trump’s success. 

Donald Trump Rolls Through Georgia

Feb 22, 2016
Sam Whitehead / GPB

Donald Trump told the crowd in Atlanta Sunday afternoon he was confident he would win Georgia’s primary but only with their help.