May 18, 2016

Trump and Wallace

  

   I am now convinced that a century from now, writers and commentators will still be talking about the U.S. election of 2016, and children will likely be taught the connection with Alabama Governor George Wallace.
     Right now, the latest essay on that connection is on the MTV website under a huge photo of Wallace and the headline:

How An Alabama Governor Helped Give America Donald Trump

Fifty years ago, George Wallace used race-based populism to try to Make America Great Again — and nearly succeeded.

"When Wallace died in 1998, a historian wrote, “George Wallace laid the foundation for the dominance of the Republican Party in American society through the manipulation of racial and social issues in the 1960s and 1970s. He was the master teacher, and Richard Nixon and the Republican leadership that followed were his students.” 

You can read it online HERE.

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