Watching George Wallace respond to protestors in 1968 has some pretty strong, Trumpy resonances. Here, for example, he tells a story about protestors laying down in front of the POTUS motorcade. He says when he's POTUS he'll just run right over them.
Later he says to protestors "you fellas better have your day now because you're through later on, I can tell you that much."
"Watch your hard earned tax dollars sail away to anti-American countries. 'As President I will halt the giveaway of your American dollars and products to those nations that aid our enemies.'"
"As President I will stand up for your local police and firemen in protecting your safety and property."
George Wallace speaking in Portland, OR in 1968. Says they held a vote to ask parents who they wanted to teach their children, and 99% said they wanted someone of the same race teaching their children. But then the Feds stepped in to thwart parents.
Needless to say, this is a putatively "color blind" way to entrench segregation.
"I think that local South Carolina should have a bit more say so about what type of economic and sociological ideas are being taught to their children. They have a right to continue the same type culture they believe in and love so much."
The person who said those words above, Tom Turnipseed, had a fascinating career in politics, ultimately rejecting and working against the segregationist politics he advocated in the 1960s.…
Wisconsin voter, 1968 "We like to feel that the liberals are the extremists as far as being on the left side because they want total government control." He sees Wallace as a middle of the road conservative.
Cleveland voter, 1968. "Well I think the Negro, no doubt about it, has gotten out of hand. And Wallace will enforce law and order."
"Dixie gets the biggest response when you play it in Milwaukee...I wouldn't have believed this all myself if I hadn't experienced it...LIke the American Legion convention in Michigan the other day. They think just like South Carolinians."
My fellow historians might be interested in this segment where a 32 year old James MacPherson (I'm 99% sure it's him) asks Wallace a question. Wallace responds by talking about "black on black crime," tho the film cuts off right at that point.

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