As Trump rallies become increasingly raucous and violent, today’s GOP frontrunner is being compared to late-1960s Alabama Governor George Wallace, a segregationist who antagonized crowds and spoke off the cuff.
Adam Goodman and MSNBC Correspondent Joy Reid discussed the comparison and what the Republican party can learn from the movement created by Wallace.
Reid called Trump’s rhetoric similar to that of Wallace, who was ultimately rejected by the Democratic party.
“I think a lot of the country has been kind of shocked at some of the pictures in the last couple days,” said Goodman. “We went from made-for-TV rallies competing against paid-for-TV attack ads in Florida and elsewhere, and now we’re getting into our larger question, which is really kind of a referendum on the meaning of the First Amendment.”
“We as a nation are going to have to reach deep and get a read on how we feel about this in a campaign that has suddenly changed overnight,” said Goodman, citing the change in Trump’s tone concerning both supporters and minority groups.
Goodman also reminded that both Trump and Sanders are asking for a referendum on the system and are appealing to American frustrations with a government they feel is no longer representative.
“They’re getting traction for different reasons, and I think at the end of the day Donald Trump is going to have to stand on his own two feet and clarify where he is and what this all means,” said Goodman.