Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Trail of Fears"

"Like Jackson, he is a wealthy Washington outsider posing as a champion of the people. He does not recognize the legitimacy of the political system, as Nixon did, because he is not a creature of it. He will not go quietly, if it comes to that. We may be fast approaching another 'question of public faith,' in the words of Archibald Cox's great-great-great grandfather. But as in Jackson's time, there is no political center to curb the power of the president. There is only extremism and chaos."

Kevin Baker at The New Republic argues that "Donald Trump operates in a political landscape that is far more similar to Andrew Jackson's than to Richard Nixon's."

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