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Trump's "militant and extreme language" is in fact very typical in American conservative politics and has been since anti-New Dealers employed apocalyptic language in the 1930s./1…
As I show in my book, FREE ENTERPRISE: AN AMERICAN HISTORY, it was always "five minutes to midnight" for these critics of the New Deal. They used extreme language to explain why liberal reform was a "wolf in sheep's clothing" that would usher in an age of totalitarianism./2
Reupping this helpful thread by @KevinMKruse on the "socialism" charge that links to a couple of my threads as well./3
The bottom line is that Trump's language may be different in degree but not in kind. It employs the same fear mongering and red-baiting that have been a staple of the conservative movement and often of GOP campaigns for nearly a century. /4
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