Americans have never seen a candidate like Donald Trump before. He’s been compared to Joseph McCarthy, George Wallace, Pat Buchanan and Ross Perot, but none are perfect fits. The best way to understand him may be to see him as the Republican version of Jesse Jackson in 1988. Within their parties, they are strikingly similar figures, and while Trump may yet prove more successful at the polls, he’s unlikely to match Jackson’s long-term impact on his party.
Through much of 1987, Rev. Jackson led in most national polls, as Trump has done this year. Like Trump, he was a populist outsider with no political experience who faced questions about his readiness for high office. He ran a campaign based more on free media than paid commercials. His strongest support came from those with no college diploma. His offensive comments about a minority group inflamed tensions. His appeal rested on giving voice to those who felt they were taken for granted and losing ground. And he terrified party leaders who saw him as extreme and unelectable.
Of course, personally and politically, the two are opposites: Jackson was born into poverty, Trump into privilege. Jackson appealed to hope; Trump, fear. Jackson sought a more inclusive society, and Trump a more exclusive one. Jackson’s base was dominated by blacks. Trump’s is white.
But, I don't remember Jesse Jackson supporters offering to "light the m@therf()cker up" and seig-heil salutes.
The fact that there are people at his rallies who yell seig-heil freely at his rallies gives me pause. They don't play Kill The White People at Hillary rallies
Nevertheless, Trump - I know Jesse Jackson (A&T alum). YOU are no Jesse Jackson!!