Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Daniel Chomsky

Second Advisor

Dr. Natasha Altema-McNeely

Third Advisor

Dr. Clyde Barrow


What type of Internet memes were utilized by the Online-Right to show support to former-President Donald Trump and to delegitimize the 2020 Presidential Election? In this thesis, I argue that the Online-Right used Internet memes for two purposes. The first was to discredit and attack the election and former President Trump’s opponents. The second purpose is that the Online-Right created a cult of personality around Donald Trump with the usage of Internet memes. Most of the literature focuses on the type of groups that use Internet memes on the Internet. I focus on what type of Internet memes were used by the Online-Right while also making a connection between the Internet memes and Donald Trump’s rhetoric on Twitter. I archive both Donald Trump’s and the Online-Right tweets to be able to answer these questions and find a link to their relationship.


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