2016 Elections

The Politics of Nostalgia Are Here to Stay

Republicans' firewall against changing U.S. demographics: Older voters are living longer.

In it for the long haul.

Photographer: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

A hankering for a past in which white supremacy and overt sexism were accepted features of daily life has made Donald Trump the most toxic presidential candidate since George Wallace. But the politics of nostalgia, which he embodies and advances, isn't a new package; Trump has simply wrapped it in barbed wire. And even if his campaign ends up short of the White House, nostalgia could still have a long political run.

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