“Nobody Thinks of Nixon”

During a typically bizarre interview with Donald Trump on his private plane following his seventy-minute rant of a speech in Phoenix, WaPo’s Robert Costa asked the candidate if he was concerned that he was borrowing a slogan–“the silent majority”–identified with a certain disgraced president of the United States. Here was Trump’s reply:

Nah. Nobody remembers that. Oh, is that why people stopped using [the phrase]? Maybe. Nobody thinks of Nixon. I don’t think of Nixon when I think of the silent majority. The silent majority today, they’re going to vote for Trump. Remember, many Republicans didn’t vote for Mitt Romney. He didn’t inspire people. They’re going to vote for me.

Yeah, I’d say The Donald is going to depend on a lot of amnesia in a campaign that is on course to become a sort of Greatest Hits of Demagoguery tour.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.