If you watched CNN or MSNBC on Insurrection Day you might be fooled into think the Republicans were hunky dory before Trump was nominated for President. Well, that is plainly not the case. I threw out a Twitter thread that evening to express my frustration.
I fingered the 1970’s to bring Reagan and Gingrich into the discussion but the reality is since the “American First” Committee of 1940 and the McCarthy era, a creeping fascism has been a dominant feature of the American right.
In fact, when Dwight Eisenhower won the GOP nomination in 1952 over ultra-conservative Senator Robert Taft of Ohio, the allegations that Madison Avenue types, eastern liberals and media elites had captured the GOP were popular on the right.
That led directly to the growth of the John Birch Society and eventually the Goldwater movement. The rest is history. This didn’t start in 2016.
Feel free to sound off…