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Mon Mar 7, 2016, 10:24 AM

"Trump wasn’t the first to tap into this (white working class) anger." Pat Buchanan was.

Galston points to the 1992 and 1996 presidential candidacies of Patrick J. Buchanan. The conservative commentator challenged Bush in the 1992 primaries and in 1996 led a populist revolt he described as “peasants with pitchfork.” He ran on a platform similar to that of Trump today: anti-free trade, tough on immigration and focused on the plight of the white working-class ethnics.

“Trump stood up and said in effect [to the white working class], these Republican elites, they haven’t done squat for you,” Galston said.” If you want someone who will stand up and defend your values and interests, here I am.

Trump isn’t the first Republican candidate with a populist economic message. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum touched on similar themes in their campaigns. Neither, however, had Trump’s style or bluntness.

Beyond economic issues, Trump has tapped fears about a changing America, a country that is increasingly diverse and culturally tolerant. These voters see the deterioration of values they believe are essential to the character of the country.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/behind-the-rise-of-trump-long-standing-grievances-among-left-out-voters/2016/03/05/7996bca2-e253-11e5-9c36-e1902f6b6571_story.html

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Reply "Trump wasn’t the first to tap into this (white working class) anger." Pat Buchanan was. (Original post)
pampango Mar 2016 OP
KG Mar 2016 #1
Reter Mar 2016 #2
Bluenorthwest Mar 2016 #3
yellowcanine Mar 2016 #4
1939 Mar 2016 #7
TacoD Mar 2016 #5
Populist_Prole Mar 2016 #6

Response to pampango (Original post)

Mon Mar 7, 2016, 10:32 AM

1. buchanan was kinder, gentler nazi than trump.

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Response to KG (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 7, 2016, 10:39 AM

2. Pat blamed the Jews for lots of things

 

He also called for a holy war against gays. He was certainly to the right of Trump.

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Response to KG (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 7, 2016, 11:01 AM

3. No he wasn't. It's just that his image is constantly polished by folks like Rachel Maddow who

 

told everyone Pat was a charming guy, her Uncle Pat.

Buchanan to Nixon:
“There is a legitimate grievance in my view of white working-class people that every time, on every issue, that the black militants loud-mouth it, we come up with more money…. If we can give 50 Phantoms [jet fighters] to the Jews, and a multi-billion dollar welfare program for the blacks…why not help the Catholics save their collapsing school system.”

"If we had to take a million immigrants in, say Zulus, next year, or Englishmen, and put them up in Virginia, what group would be easier to assimilate and would cause less problems for the people of Virginia?”

Pat on Hitler. Yes, Hitler:
“an individual of great courage…. Hitler’s success was not based on his extraordinary gifts alone. His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws, the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the statesmen who stood in his path.”

"“Our culture is superior. Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that makes men free.”

Kinder, gentler Pat on AIDS, 1983:
“The poor homosexuals — they have declared war upon nature, and now nature is extracting an awful retribution (AIDS).”
Years later:
“With 80,000 dead of AIDS, our promiscuous homosexuals appear literally hell-bent on Satanism and suicide"
In his 1992 campaign, he declared: “AIDS is nature’s retribution for violating the laws of nature.”
http://fair.org/press-release/pat-buchanan-in-his-own-words/

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Mon Mar 7, 2016, 02:08 PM

4. George Wallace was probably first to do it in a systematic way in modern times.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 7, 2016, 09:36 PM

7. As I recall (may be mistaken)

George Wallace won the Democratic primary in Michigan in 1972 beating out Humphrey and McGovern. All of the white, blue collar, second and third generation European Catholic union guys voted for him.

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Mon Mar 7, 2016, 06:13 PM

5. If Buchanan had attained Trump's level of celebrity prior, he would have been as successful (nt)

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Mon Mar 7, 2016, 08:28 PM

6. And the establishment moneyed elite freaked out over his economic views then too

Just as they are now whenever a candidate runs with an economic populist message.

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