George Wallace’s Daughter: I See My Father’s Hatred In Donald Trump

JuliaGlazer

“I saw daddy a lot in 2016.” - Peggy Wallace Kennedy

When George Wallace ran for president in the 1960s and 1970s, he was accompanied by his daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy. Wallace was the Governor of Alabama and ran for U.S. president on three unsuccessful occasions. He favored segregation and supported Jim Crow policies. According to AL.com, when Peggy attended her father’s rallies, she experienced violence and hatred from his supporters.

Now, she understands that her father’s policies were not right. Her book, “The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation,” will be released this year.

She compares Wallace’s rallies to Trump’s, saying: “Unfortunately it does look like the ‘60s now. Each of us individually need to act with compassion and pray for our democracy. I hope we don’t go back. But it looks like where we are slipping … that seems to be where the top is taking us.”

Although she never mentioned Trump’s name, she said: “I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said. “I saw daddy a lot in 2016.”

She adds, “The two greatest motivators at (Dad’s) rallies were fear and hate. There was no policy solution, just white middle-class anger.”

“We cannot go backward,” she said to teachers at the Birmingham Public Library. “We have to go forward.”

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MHood
MHood

George Wallace attempted to block my father from attending the U of A in 1963. Wallace presented my father with his PhD diploma in 1995. My father was writing a book when he passed in 2013 and he truly felt that Wallace did not hate people of color. He was playing to the political climate as he had lost prior bids where he was backed by the NAACP! Trump has a history of racism and hatred, Wallace chose a political persona to win.

BulldogPrez
BulldogPrez

God’s Peace and Comfort to your father’s soul✝️. As far as Wallace is concerned, I was a teenager during his most infamous racist escapades. He definitely did not like People of Color and was not shy about displaying his bigotry in public.

marshell55
marshell55

As a child I saw PURE HATRED much like Bulk Connor in his eyes. His child may want to smooth over some of the hated, he had no other choice to at least appear to change his persona if he wanted to continually be elected. A leopard does Not take off his stripes.

Kmclemore
Kmclemore

What history of racism and hatred does Trump have? The $5 million to launch both Jesse Jackson's PUSH, or Al Sharpton's Action Network, or flying Jennifer Hudson out to live in his penthouse free while covering her bills when her brother killed her family? Why do we take the scraps of hate from the democratic party and run with it

Peaceresource
Peaceresource

Trump has been convicted of racism in Federal Court several times.

Lala1958
Lala1958

Yes he was in the beginning but i myself believe Mr Wallace change in the end i dont think he carry that angry in the ending of his life

Winfield 57
Winfield 57

He had to learn from his horrible mistakes " May Hod Forgive Him I Did.

Joelnichole
Joelnichole

Anyone know how to contact Peggy Wallace Kennedy?

TheOpioders
TheOpioders

Nigga please

Steph. R
Steph. R

Donald J Trump is textbook political opportunist. He was not Democrat nor Republican until he saw an opportunity

Annette1935
Annette1935

Hatred is learned at an early age, but thank God, not everyone choose to let it destroy them.

jumpdad
jumpdad

You know, with all respect, I can't quite agree.

I had the opportunity to meet and chat with George W in 1972 (I think). We were sharing the cameras at a telethon in Mobile? Birmingham? (hellifIknow) Alabama. I was playing in a rock band called The Brotherhood.
I was your typical long-haired, slightly drug-influenced Hippie. We were scheduled to play on the telethon and were and sent to the waiting room, to...wait. Lovely yellow "leather" upholstered couch.

In walks none other than George Wallace, he's scheduled too. He has no place to sit other than next to me. So sit he does.

Over the next 20 minutes we had a remarkably insightful and compassionate discussion about the Vietnam War, what the hell hippies were thinking, and why he was against blanket integration. I can't say I agreed with a single thing he said, but I felt heard by him, and taken seriously. (Which freaked me out a bit, franky!)

This man was nothing like Trump. He listened. He responded with politeness and respect - me being 20 years old and a friggin' Hippie. That AIN'T the Trumpster's MO, at all, no way.

I would never support Wallace's agenda, but at least he was a reasonably civil human being. Trump can't even imagine what it would be like to pretend to be as halfway decent as George Wallace was.

Prorep
Prorep

Sounds like the Dems

Davidxm
Davidxm

That's the problem with so many of the GOP. They really don't care about Good or Bad, Right or Wrong. They only perceive things through a political sense. If a Dem loves it then they hate it. If a black person wants it then it must be bad for whites. They are so condition that if Trump says that he would cut the Social Security by 50% they would be for it even though it hurts them. How does that saying go "Cut off your nose to spite your face"


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