Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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TPM's writers have long tracked the moves of certain characters that compose America’s conspiracy-courting radical fringe and extremist right-wing. The 2016 election turned that coverage model on its head, as these previously little-known or under-the-radar personalities repeatedly cropped up in cable news interviews or allied with GOP presidential candidates.

President-elect Donald Trump's fondness for conspiracy theories and harsh anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric made individuals like Infowars’ Alex Jones and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach recurring figures in mainstream political news coverage. They're just two of several longtime subjects of interest at TPM who really broke through to a national stage this year.

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