I’ve got a story to tell you. A populist candidate fuels a presidential campaign by railing against political elites, appealing to white grievance and whipping up the emotions of large crowds with his candor and lack of political correctness. Sound familiar? Or how about this one: A businessman who once identified as a Democrat sweeps to the GOP presidential nomination despite never having held elected office. And this: A billionaire gains traction railing against Washington and foreign trade agreements. Of course I’m talking about Donald John Trump. But I’m also referring to Alabama Governor George Wallace, who ran a strong third-party campaign in 1968. And in the second instance, I’m talking about Wendell Willkie, the Indiana non-politician who surprisingly topped the Republican ticket against Franklin Roosevelt in 1940. And, finally, Ross Perot’sfailed run in 1992.
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