A group of historians have come together to deliver a harsh wake-up call to Americans that are still somehow supporting racist, bigot, misogynist Donald Trump.
Historians such as David McCullough, Ken Burns, Robert Caro, Ron Chernow and Vicki Lynn Ruiz – people who have spent their entire careers studying the events and individuals that helped to shape our country – have united to warn and remind Americans about just how dangerous having Trump in the White House could be for not only our country, but the rest of the world.
On the Facebook page called “Historians on Donald Trump,” historians have banded together to speak out against the presumptive Republican nominee in hopes to shift voters away from America’s most bigoted candidate. The page was created Wednesday morning and is already gaining massive support. The page’s description reads:
Historians share their point of view on why Donald Trump’s campaign is so troubling from a historical perspective.
Many of these historians, such as Pulitzer Prize winner McCullough, rarely weigh in on current political issues, but this election is an exception. McCullough, who is registered as independent, said he’s been so rattled by Trump’s rise in the GOP that he couldn’t stay silent any longer. In a video posted to the “Historians on Donald Trump” Facebook page, McCullough says:
Like so many others, I keep asking myself, how in the world can it be that the Republican Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln, is on the verge of nominating the likes of Donald Trump for president of the United States?
You can see all of McCullough’s criticism on Trump in the video below:
Ruiz, a professor of history at The University of California, Irvine and another historian on the Facebook page, likened Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric to those same hateful attitudes that were present in the 20th century. She reminded viewers that the Ku Klux Klan had targeted Catholics in the 1920s and made note of the Johnson-Reed Act, which imposed immigration quotas, in 1924. Ruiz’s video is below:
Another historian, Ron Chernow, who had written the biography of Alexander Hamilton, said that Trump’s campaign had bothered him more than “any other presidential campaign in our history.” Connecting Trump’s foreign policy slogan to the name of an anti-Semitic group in the 1940s, he said:
I’m disturbed by the words missing from the Trump campaign: Liberty, justice, freedom and tolerance. The only historical movement that Trump alludes to is a shameful one: America First.
Historian Robert Caro was blunt in his criticism, calling Trump a “demagogue” that brings out the worst in people.
History tells us we shouldn’t underestimate him. History is full of demagogues and sometimes rise to the very heights of power by appealing to things that are unfortunately a part of human nature: racism, which I think is a part of human nature no matter how hard we try, and excessive virulent patriotism that goes by the name xenophobia.
Many of us know that Trump is an imbecile who cannot be trusted with such massive responsibility, but hearing it from experienced historians is a harsh reminder of just how serious this election is and how much is at stake. We’re thankful that these historians have decided to share their knowledge and give us all a reality check. For more from the historians, you can view all the videos here.
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