Thursday, March 10, 2016

Bigots, Republicans, And An Eerily Perfect Video About Trump

This campaign ad from the 1960's is going viral
This "Confessions of a Republican" ad from the 1964 presidential election is going viral, thanks to its uncanny relevance to the 2016 presidential election.
Posted by Quartz on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

"When the head of the Ku Klux Klan — when all these weird groups — come out in favor of the candidate of my party, either they’re not Republicans or I’m not.”

I couldn't have said it better. Quartz has an article about an ad from the 1964 presidential election. An actor - who is a real Republican - articulates what's scary about Barry Goldwater in language that seems to fit Donald Trump perfectly. It's so perfect I thought it was an urban legend. It is not.

Snopes has information on it. The Wikipedia article links to nonfiction books about politics which have cited it. And the LBJ Presidential Library put it up on their Youtube page here.

Did the KKK back Barry Goldwater? Here is a photo I found at the Library of Congress website:

The caption reads: 

Ku Klux Klan members supporting Barry Goldwater's campaign for the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention, San Francisco, California, as an African American man pushes signs back

Yeah, the GOP and bigots go way back. But you knew that.

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