Everyone is making comparisons between the 2016 presidential election and other presidential election in American history. I have also been doing plenty of this here at the blog (including my last post about George Wallace).
Historical analogies are never perfect. But we can learn from them, even if it only reminds that, for the most part, there is nothing new under the sun.
Here are few analogies I have seen:
Election of 1800: I have pointed to this video to remind people that the mudslinging we are seeing in this campaign is not new. I have also referred to this election to show that politicians have been using religion in presidential campaigns for a long time.
Election of 1824: I recently wrote a piece about Thomas Jefferson’s thoughts about Andrew Jackson. Most historians who are interested in comparing Donald Trump to Andrew Jackson also reference this election.
Election of 1912: Historians have been referencing this election in the context of the possibility of the GOP rejecting Trump at its July convention. In 1912, Teddy Roosevelt was rejected by the Republican Party and responded to the rejection by forming the Bull Moose Party. Some say Trump could do something similar if he does not get the nomination in Cleveland.
Election of 1964: Political historians have compared the conservative extremism of both Trump and Ted Cruz to Barry Goldwater.
Election of 1968: Some historians have compared Donald Trump to George Wallace.
What other presidential election comparisons have you seen?