Yeah, sorry -- this is in fact another thinkpiece about Donald Trump. And I know the exact squinty face you're making right now. It's a combination of disbelief and anger that I'm wasting your time -- like someone who just opened a can of farts. But while the natural instinct is to crack a window, I'd like to politely ask that you take a moment to stew in this hot aroma with me.
Because I'm not only talking about Trump's low-rent Kennedy-esque combover or gutter East Coast accent. Nor am I talking about the rumor that Melania Trump is modeling her persona after Jackie O. I'm not even talking about the fact that Trump is clearly trying to make himself the hub of a large and iconic family with ties to politics. I'm talking about Trump's entire campaign making an effort to ape John F. Kennedy's legacy of "greatness."
The parallel doesn't stop at a single word, as JFK's other and equally familiar campaign phrase, "Let's get this country moving again," was derived from the previous eight years under Eisenhower. Because like Trump, Kennedy was considered an inexperienced outsider campaigning under the idea that the previous presidency had led the country astray. His opponent, Richard Nixon, being the current VP at the time, argued that we needed to stay the course. This discussion most famously occurred in September of 1960, when the first-ever televised presidential debate was broadcast ...
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"We interrupt Beaver Cleaver arguing with his dad to bring you ... the same thing, basically."