There are many times in history, including in U.S. history, where an outsider succeeds to the highest office despite all the odds against him. And probably the most remembered instance prior to the 2016 election was the 1828 Presidential campaign of Andrew Jackson, who is attributed as being the nation’s first real populist Commander-in-Chief.
Ironically, Jackson was cheated out of his first victory to the White House in 1824 when he won the majority of electoral votes, but did not have a plurality of at least 50% since five different candidates ran under the same political banner that year. And as such the decision went to Congress to vote on the next President where even then the nation had built an ‘Establishment’ who gave the White House to the individual with the second most votes, that being John Quincy Adams.
The 1824 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION marked the final collapse of the Republican-Federalist political framework. For the first time no candidate ran as a Federalist, while five significant candidates competed as Democratic-Republicans. Clearly, no party system functioned in 1824. The official candidate of the Democratic-Republicans to replace Monroe was WILLIAM H. CRAWFORD, the secretary of the treasury. A caucus of Republicans in Congress had selected him, but this backing by party insiders turned out to be a liability as other candidates called for a more open process for selecting candidates.
The outcome of the very close election surprised political leaders. The winner in the all-important Electoral College was Andrew Jackson, the hero of the War of 1812, with ninety-nine votes. He was followed by JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, the son of the second president and Monroe’ secretary of state, who secured eighty-four votes. Meanwhile Crawford trailed well behind with just forty-one votes. Although Jackson seemed to have won a narrow victory, receiving 43 percent of the popular vote versus just 30 percent for Adams, he would not be seated as the country’s sixth president. Because nobody had received a majority of votes in the electoral college, the House of Representatives had to choose between the top two candidates.
Henry Clay, the speaker of the House of Representatives, now held a decisive position. As a presidential candidate himself in 1824 (he finished fourth in the electoral college), Clay had led some of the strongest attacks against Jackson. Rather than see the nation’s top office go to a man he detested, the Kentuckian Clay forged an Ohio Valley-New England coalition that secured the White House for John Quincy Adams. In return Adams named Clay as his secretary of state, a position that had been the stepping-stone to the presidency for the previous four executives. – US History
There are many parallels between Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump, including many personal indiscretions each had that did little to affect their popularity with people. But at each one’s core was the perceived desire to stand up for America and its ideals, as well as having the stomach to be willing to fight the banks and cartels which were making the government into an oligarchical clique.
Or were they?
The history of Andrew Jackson is not only well known, but has been meticulously analyzed. In fact one characterization of the man goes like this…
A generation after his presidency, biographer James Parton found his reputation a mass of contradictions: “he was dictator or democrat, ignoramus or genius, Satan or saint.” Thirteen polls of historians and political scientists taken between 1948 and 2009 have ranked Jackson always in or near the top ten presidents. – Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
And just as well, the history of Donald Trump follows in nearly the same path as he is both an incredible businessman, and one who’s companies have gone through multiple bankruptcies. He is an incredible family man, but has cheated on multiple wives. He is extremely intelligent, but often says the most ignorant of things, etc… etc…
In the end both Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump are recognized because they are and were both famous and infamous, and Americans love the underdog as well as the dynasty, but they despise mediocrity.
However in just the first three months of his Presidency, Donald Trump is quickly separating himself from following in the legacy of Andrew Jackson, and more than anything it is because he has chosen to ditch the most important linchpin in being a populist president.
And that is the truth.
Since January 20th when Trump was inaugurated, his supporters have for the most part been willing to overlook many choices and decisions that appeared on the surface to be in opposition to his campaign promises. Instead of ‘draining the swamp’, the President has brought in as many if not more swamp dwellers than his previous successors. Then when his first chance at standing firm on a campaign promise came to the fore, he hardly put up a fight when activist judges shot down his Executive Orders on halting immigration from war torn countries.
Next came the fight to repeal and replace Obamacare, and instead of utilizing his vaunted ‘negotiating skills’ to get all the Republicans on board, he took to twitter to insult the real conservative caucus who saw that the bill Speaker Ryan wanted pass was just as bad as what we already have.
Even with all of these sidesteps and about faces from campaign promises, most of his populist supporters stood by him and gave him the benefit of the doubt since they knew this was a much larger battle that simply getting a few laws enacted.
But then President Trump erred and did the one thing that will destroy support in the blink of an eye… he stopped telling the truth.
Rumors within the Trump Cabinet early last week appeared to have been an omen of what was to come following the tragic gas attack that took place in Syria later in the week. This was because Trump’s most honest and loyal adviser was suddenly being made a scapegoat for several early failures by the Trump administration, and it looked like the main culprit behind this was the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Interestingly as well, it was shortly after Kushner took a trip out to the Middle East that the shocking news emerged that dozens of people were killed by what appeared to be a sarin or other illegal chemical attack.
Now why am I singling out Jared Kushner? Perhaps we can ask a former member of the CIA and nominee for the Nobel Prize what his opinion of Kushner is.
According to Robert David Steele, not only is Jared Kushner most likely a member of Mossad, but he also likely has a direct line to Benjamin Netanyahu who definitively fears the elimination of ISIS and a strong Syria backed by Russia and China.
Back in 2013 Donald Trump had several tweets in which he excoriated Barack Obama for even being in Syria, and claiming that if he were President he would not send one solider or munitions in there because it is not our problem. Yet when he is given a picture of victims from some type of unverified attack, and from the very fake media he has vilified publicly over and over, he accepts it without evidence and goes back on his word by ordering missile strikes inside Syria’s borders.
And this became the final straw for his supporters, and for the Populists who saw him as their guy to win back the country.
In nearly a 15 minute soliloquy over the attack, Savage lamented that the neocon ‘military tweet’ by Trump was a ploy to increase his popularity, in light of falling poll numbers. Verbosely, Savage hemmed and hawed with disappointment, dispirited that he spent over a year advocating for Trump, who said he eschewed the interventionist policies of people like McCain, Graham, and Schumer, only to cave in shortly after winning the Presidency.
Savage also questioned the timing of Jared Kushner’s trip to Iraq, coupled with Bannon’s timely demotion from the NSC — just ahead of the attacks as being highly suspicious.
“This whole thing stinks to high heaven,’ said Savage. Furthering his criticism of the President, Savage proclaimed: “It looks like Hillary, deep state won, and Trump is doing her bidding.” – Michael Savage
A few hours before the missile strike, the far-right blogger Mike Cernovich warned his followers in a live video that the United States was going to attack Syria. “Remind Trump who supported him,” he told his viewers. “We got to stop him.” – New York Times
Politics is a form of warfare in which you need public support behind you to come out victorious. And it appears to have only taken Donald Trump just three months to lose it completely from the very individuals who were willing to take the physical and verbal abuse in the apparent false hopes of seeing someone rise to Make America Great Again.