VIDEO: Is Donald Trump the New George Wallace?
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.
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