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The Donald Trump of 1990 Was Also Disturbingly the Most Popular Man In America


February 5, 2019

There are a lot of sayings about how history is always repeating itself, about how if we want to learn about the future, we need to understand the past. But it never feels like it applies to the period in which we are living until we’ve suffered through it and can contrast it with the past, and that’s never felt truer than the Trump presidency. He is an historical aberration, right? We’ll course correct in the next election, and we’ll get back on the path, right? “The long arm of history bends toward justice,” and all that.

I was researching something else over the weekend, however, and I was completely struck by an article I read from 1990. We did not elect an insane man into the Presidency back then, but we did elevate the Trump of his day into one of the most popular people on the planet, and we did so for many of the same reasons.


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