The Paranoid Style in American Politics (2016 Edition)

In an interview on NBC’s Today show before his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama talked to Matt Lauer about the Donald Trumpa Lumpa craze (around 3:55).

 

 

Trump’s a little nuts graf:

The message that Donald Trump’s putting out has had adherence a lot of times during the course of our history.

No kidding.

Exhibit A: Historian Richard Hofstadter’s classic 1964 essay, The Paranoid Style in American Politics.

American politics has often been an arena for angry minds. In recent years we have seen angry minds at work mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have now demonstrated in the Goldwater movement how much political leverage can be got out of the animosities and passions of a small minority.

Consider, for example, this Lyndon Johnson 1964 campaign ad . . .

Read the rest at Dustup 2016.

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