Kevin Kruse on the Differences Between Donald Trump and George Wallace (Hint: Trump is More Dangerous)

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Here is a taste of the Princeton historian‘s recent piece at The New York Times:

This leads us to the significant difference between Mr. Wallace and Mr. Trump. Mr. Wallace’s targets were, for the most part, presented in the abstract. Though he denounced broad categories of generic enemies — “agitators,” “anarchists” and “communists” — he rarely went after an individual by name.

Mr. Trump, in pointed contrast, has used his rallies to single out specific enemies. During the 2016 campaign, he demonized his political opponents in the primaries and the general election, and also denounced private individuals, from Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News anchor, to the former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and the federal judge Gonzalo Curiel.

At recent rallies, he has targeted four Democratic House members who have criticized him and his administration — Representatives Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.

Participants at Mr. Trump’s rallies have been moved to attack individuals he’s singled out. For most rally participants, the attacks have been confined to ominous but nevertheless nonviolent chants — from the 2016 cries of “Lock her up!” to the recent refrain of “Send her back!” But a handful have gone further, targeting the individuals named by the president with death threats and even attempts at violence.

Read the entire piece here.

3 thoughts on “Kevin Kruse on the Differences Between Donald Trump and George Wallace (Hint: Trump is More Dangerous)

  1. I just saw a piece of information that Kevin Kruse is being sued for defaming the Covington Catholic boys. Has anyone got any other news on this report? What did Kruse say about the boys?

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  2. Good thing John gave us that hint: otherwise, I would have been on pins and needles wondering who Kevin Kruse would deem more dangerous.

    Heck, at this stage, I’d wager a substantial amount that a survey of esteemed historians would conclude that Trump is The Most Dangerous Man Ever. Well, maybe a tie with Ernst Stavro Blofeld or the Night King.

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  3. But a handful have gone further, targeting the individuals named by the president with death threats and even attempts at violence.

    At best, this is cluelessness about possible results of shooting off your Twitter finger.

    At worst, this is the “Let Bubba Do It” school of Plausible Deniability.

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