Themes discussed and things learned:
- Julian Zelizer is writing a book about Newt Gingrich
- Zelizer says that we should be careful not to place Trump solely in “long term continuums.” There is a lot about him that is unique, new, and unprecedented.
- Giesberg trashes Newt Gingrich’s attempt to compare the culture wars with the American Civil War.
- Giesberg reminds us that Confederate monuments were erected during Jim Crow.
- Zelizer: If you think that we are living in “two different countries” today, try learning something about the 1960s.
- Giesburg assigns Eric Foner’s biography of Abraham Lincoln in her Civil War class at Villanova.
- Giesburg argues that Lincoln learned a lot during his presidency. So can Trump. (But she is not optimistic).
- Zelizer: In the 1990s, Gingrich pushed a kind of conservative populism similar to Trump’s base.
- Zelizer connects Trump’s populism to Father Coughlin and George Wallace. Trump is the first president to ride this wave of conservative populism to the White House.
- Zelizer: Race-based nativism never went away. Trump is not “restoring” anything.
- Evangelicals Christian do call NPR stations and make thoughtful comments
- Giesburg compares the Trump victory to the period of “redemption” at the end of Reconstruction.