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Published on Aug 14, 2018
Nostalgia has been a cornerstone of Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency.
From his penchant for 1980s power ties to the “make America great again” hat, Trump knows that he can capture his audience’s imagination by appealing to their memories of times gone by.
This is also reflected in his speeches and interviews where he often reminisces about “the old days.” Often these statements conjure up Rockwellian images such as doctors making house calls, Christmas greetings, and the heyday of American infrastructure. One might assume Trump fetishises these things in isolation, preferring to overlook some of the darker events that took place around them. But no! Trump is not afraid to also explicitly fantasize about events that are largely considered national shames and embarrassments.
Forcibly committing people to mental institutions? Check.
Military executions? Check.
Violence against protesters? Check.
Imperialism through military conquest? Check.
And in case there is any question about how he feels about “the old days,” Trump has expressly said that he “loves” them and has pledged that “we’re going back” to them.
Watch the video to see 20 things Donald Trump misses about the old days.