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