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Historians gather to condemn Trump

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>> A group of authors who have covered history now trying to influence it. In an effort led by two time Pulitzer Prize winning historian, David McAuliffe and documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, a Facebook page called Historians on Donald Trump has many of America's preeminent scholars of history explaining why they find the idea of a Trump presidency troubling.
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>> 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. What has the Republican Party come to?>> Historians including Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow, whose book on Hamilton lead to, yes, that Hamilton.
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>> I'm disturbed by the absence of anything that is not a glorification of money, and power, and might. This emphasis has disturbing historical parallels.>> Or documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns.>> We see nurtured in his campaign an incipient proto-fascism, a nativist, anti-immigrant know-nothingism.>> Best selling author, Evan Thomas the third, draws a parallel between Trump and Richard Nixon.
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>> Nixon knew how to exploit the hopes and fears of outsiders, who felt left behind by the establishment. Trump is very adept at exploiting these same fears.>> And there are plenty more on the page.>> A once influential German philosopher famously wrote that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.
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The current presidential campaign is a good example of this phenomenon.>> In Donald Trump, we have a demagogue who's very skilled in tapping into these elements of human nature that are close to the surface. Every so often a demagogue comes along who can bring them bubbling up to the surface.
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>> His politics of fear propels us backward, not forward.>> The unprecedented outpouring from historians comes the same week that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke protocol and openly condemned the prospect of a Trump presidency.