Is Donald Trump Channeling Richard Nixon?

Nixon as cop Law and Order 1968

Trump is echoing Richard Nixon’s law and order 1968 Presidential campaign. Photo from vintage 1968 campaign ad for Hubert Humphrey

If Dangerous Donald is channeling Tricky Dick, it’s time to change the channel.

Promising to restore “Law and Order” Trump sounds a lot like a re-run of Richard Nixon’s campaign.

Talk about ripped from the headlines; that is if the headlines are nearly 50 years old.

Playing on people’s fears in 1968, Nixon emphasized law and order, positioning himself as the champion of the silent majority as opposed to his opponent liberal Hubert Humphrey.

Like a vintage re-run of Law and Order on Hulu we’ve viewed too many times, the story playing out before us today is painfully familiar as Trump promises to “Make America Safe Again” and become the enforcer in chief.

Nixon as police officer Humphrey ad 1968

Campaign ad for Hubert Humphrey 1968 criticizing law and order candidate Nixon. Citizens for Humphrey

In a 1968 campaign speech Nixon cited the fears and resentments of “forgotten Americans,” and vowed to return  “order” to the streets and the country.

The disenfranchised, angry middle Americans of 1968, the so-called silent majority bear a strong resemblance to Trump’s frustrated, fear based followers. Their  familiar  “America Way” had shattered into a bewildering array of lifestyles and felt their white patriarchal ways were under attack.

Law and Order : Silent Majority

Richard Nixon and Archie Bunker Mad Magazine 1972

A poster from Mad Magazine in 1972 perfectly summed up Nixon’s appeal to the silent majority by having him run with Archie Bunker in the 1972 presidential election.

No one represented the silent majority of fading white male patriarchy than that other sexist, racist, xenophobic from Queens, N.Y.

All in The Family’s Archie Bunker, that 1970’s flag waving, John Wayne-loving, loveable, blue-collar bigot became a powerful spokesman for those President Richard Nixon had termed the Silent Majority.

Resentful, Archie was fed up with intellectuals, women libbers, bleeding heart liberals, out-sourced jobs, and other elites intent on messing up a way of life that was working pretty well.

This blue color worker from Queens grappled with the big issues of the day- affirmative action, gay pride, women’s rights, the sexual revolution and his railing at elites has become the leitmotif of American politics ever since.

“I’m white, I’m male, I’m protestant,” Archie Bunker once declared. “Where’s there a law to protect me?”  (That’s the sort of question we can imagine coming from Trump supporter Congressman’s Steven King’s mouth who recently questioned what Nonwhites have done for civilization.)

Girls Were Girls and Men Were Men

Suddenly white male entitlement was being challenged, beginning its slow decline.

Like Trump supporters, Archie  missed it and wanted it back.

Just as Archie Bunker pined for the good ol’ days, Trump has fetishized the Good Old Days not just in rhetoric or sentiment but in policy that aims to take us back to them.

The American Way of Life had shattered into a bewildering array of lifestyles and some felt American values and the nuclear family, the very  bedrock of our society, was under attack. By the mid 1970’s  Mom and Dad were divorced, the factory where Dad worked had moved to Taiwan, Sis was a corporate vice president, and Junior was out of the closet and gay.

The silent majority was feeling put out, overlooked and felt they needed to stand up and reclaim the values that once made the country great again.

It’s déjà vu all over again.

That same sentiment and call to the so-called disenfranchised silent majority is embedded in Trumps slogan “Make America Great Again,”or what many read “Make America White Again.”

Again.

 

 

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10 comments

  1. I heard lots of slander aimed at Clinton, but little if anything about why I should vote for Trump. I dislike the choice I have to make this year, but it won’t be the first time I pinched my nose and marked the ballot.

    On the other hand, Clinton put out a pretty decent rebuttal to Trump in this advertisement:

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  2. I don’t think The Donald has a silent majority; I think they’re a loud minority. We’ll see.

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  3. I saw the 60 minutes interview with Trump and Pence. It should be called “Two old white wasp males know better.”

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  4. By the way, for those who are not happy with our choices in candidates this year, I would like to nominate Jon Stewart for President and Stephen Colbert for V P or vice versa.

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  5. bookooball

    You libtards make me laugh. Get ready for a shitstorm you ugly, white hating yenta! Trump is just the beginning.

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