Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:00
The Daily Take Team By The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann
The most popular take on Donald Trump is that we’ve never seen anything like him before. But here’s the thing: We have seen something like Trump before — we saw it with Ronald Reagan.
Now, there are obviously some big surface-level differences between Reagan and Trump. Reagan’s public persona was cool, calm and collected; Trump’s is … well, the exact opposite. Reagan had years of political experience before he ran for president; Trump has none. Reagan also was also deeply religious, or at least “spiritual” (he didn’t go to church); Trump, I don’t think, has ever had a spiritual thought in his life.
But if you ignore those obvious differences and focus on how Trump is running and framing his campaign, you’ll see that he’s doing the exact same thing Reagan did, only in a style more appropriate for today. In 1980, Republican voters liked button-down politicians; today, they’re looking for something more “down-home” and unrefined. Trump, arguably, is the Duck Dynasty version of Reagan.