“Hillbilly Elegy;” then Jon Ronson explains Alex Jones

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Guests: JD Vance, Jon Ronson

Who makes up Donald Trump’s core base of supporters?  While research suggests that the majority of Trump voters are relatively well-off people who live in areas with a limited immigrant populations, the Republican presidential nominee has courted a variety of Americans. In this hour of Radio Times, we’re going to explore two alleged factions of the people who attend and cheer at Donald Trump’ rallies.  We’ll begin with J.D. VANCE, whose book, Hillbilly Elegy, describes his childhood in Kentucky and the anti-government, anti-elitist sentiment that runs deep.  Then, we’ll hear from JON RONSON about the rise of conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, who supports Trump  on his InfoWars network, claiming that the candidate is the best way to dismantle the globalist agenda known as the New World Order. Ronson wrote about his relationship with Jones in his new Kindle single, “The Elephant in the Room.”

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