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Trump’s Appeal to White Anger Echoes Campaigns of George Wallace

  • In '60s and '70s, underestimated Wallace won many primaries
  • Using code words, he drew on resentments of class and race
Former Governor of Alabama George Wallace is pictured in Montgomery on Feb. 14, 1968.

Former Governor of Alabama George Wallace is pictured in Montgomery on Feb. 14, 1968.

Photographer: Harry Benson/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Almost five decades before Donald Trump’s campaign events turned violent, fists and folding chairs flew at rallies for another U.S. presidential candidate riding a wave of populist rage and dismissed by party elders and pundits.

Peggy Wallace Kennedy, 66, remembers being hustled offstage as her father, the late George Wallace, campaigned in 1968 to erupting crowds: “It was very scary. My father’s rallies, they could be right rough.”