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Trump's Rhetoric And American Identity

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John Locher
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AP
Donald Trump is still at the top of most national polls in the race for the GOP nomination, despite - or because - of his harsh rhetoric.

In the race for president, Donald Trump's harsh rhetoric has rocketed him to the top of the GOP field. He's called for Muslims to be banned from entering the country, called Mexican immigrants rapists and drug-dealers, and more. Some of this language has been condemned on both sides of the aisle as un-American, but it's clearly appealing to some in this country. We're talking about how it all fits into American history and identity.

We're talking to Kenneth Davis, author of the popular "Don't Know Much About" books including "Don't Know Much About History." Also to Nikki Khanna, sociology professor at University of Vermont who specializes in American race and identity.

Post your comments and questions below or email us at vermontedition@vpr.net.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.