Magazine April 25, 2016, Issue

Their George Wallace ─ and Ours

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Donald Trump channels the lurid voice of American populism.

As a political phenomenon, Donald Trump is not nearly as new and unprecedented as he seems. Within living memory, another populist firebrand lit up American politics, defying and outraging the establishment, running outside of conventional political channels, and exceeding every expectation of his electoral strength. His name was George Wallace.

Now, of course Trump isn’t a segregationist with the hideous racial attitudes of a George Wallace in his prime (although Trump does have an Archie Bunker outer-borough sensibility about him). But the style of politics and the working-class audience are largely the same, albeit refracted through the passage of five decades

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