HERE AT HOME: FROM MCCARTHY TO NIXON TO TRUMP TO ___________?
The United States has had several flirtations with HCP Wannabe Kings throughout the history of our democracy. In the past century, they have received a surprising amount of support from potential voters.
Americans have long had an authoritarian streak. It was not unusual for figures such as Coughlin, Long, McCarthy, and Wallace to gain the support of a sizable minority—30 or even 40 percent—of the country.197
Father Charles Coughlin was an immensely popular anti-Semitic Catholic priest in the 1930s who was openly opposed to democracy and questioned the value of elections. His nationalist ...