Political commentators have pointed out similarities in rhetoric between the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1968.

In November, a Black Lives Matter protester was kicked and punched by Trump supporters at a rally in Birmingham, Ala., as Trump yelled, “Get him the hell out of here!” Trump later defended his supporters, saying “maybe [the protester] should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”

George Wallace’s daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, has also compared the two campaigns but says her father actually may have been less extreme. In this “Democracy Now!” video, Amy Goodman speaks to Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine, and Tom Turnipseed, who was the national director of George Wallace’s 1968 presidential campaign but has since become a civil rights attorney and social justice activist.

–Posted by Roisin Davis


If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.

Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.