TRUMP WAS A JOKE: How Satire Made Sense of a President Who Didn’t

Sophia A. McClennen, Michael Moore

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Written by a scholar of satire and politics, Trump Was a Joke explains why satire is an exceptional foil for absurd political times and why it did a particularly good job of making sense of Trump. Covering a range of comedic interventions, Trump Was a Joke analyzes why political satire is surprisingly effective at keeping us sane when politics is making us crazy. Its goal is to highlight the unique power of political satire to encourage critical thinking, foster civic action, and further rational debate in moments of political hubris and hysteria. The book has been endorsed by Bassem Youssef, who has been referred to as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” and Srdja Popovic, author of Blueprint for Revolution, who used satirical activism to bring down Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. With a foreword by award-winning filmmaker, satirist, and activist Michael Moore, this study will be of interest to readers who follow politics and enjoy political comedy and will appeal to the communications, comedy studies, media studies, political science, rhetoric, cultural studies, and American studies markets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages302
ISBN (Electronic)9781000858679
ISBN (Print)9781032278032
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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