The year was 1968 and the candidate a racist governor from Alabama, George Wallace. The governor, who once stood in front of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama to block African-American students from entering the school, was running for president.
His campaign was filled with vile, racist rhetoric and attacks on the media; his crowds were filled with violent supporters who hated black people as much as he did and had no problem with assaulting them.
Sound familiar? Rachel Maddow thinks it does.
Fast forward to the current election, Rachel said, and you have the campaign of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
Maddow spent the first half of her show on Tuesday night doing a side-by-side comparison of Donald Trump and George Wallace. Her comparison was so spot on it was scary. It is almost Trump looked at old tapes of the racist’s campaign and said,”That’s how I’m going to win.”
Most (sane) people look at Trump’s campaign and think,”There’s no way this is going to work” but it has been and it did for Wallace, too. Sure, Wallace wasn’t elected president, but he did manage to win FIVE states with his hate. This is because he appealed to the Southern white supremacists in the same way that Trump is now. Maddow said:
Close your eyes and just listen to the news reports from that election, it’s almost like they’re talking about Donald Trump.
She’s right, it does.
Watch the segment below:
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