Is Trump the most right-wing President ever?
Making historical comparisons is tricky stuff (how to be sure that like is really be compared to like). There is no doubt that President Trump is both an unpleasant individual and politically a man of the hard if not far right. Yet is he the most right-wing US President ever? Time will tell perhaps. But such statements lack, as media coverage far too often does, historical perspective.
Ronald Reagan a former actor and veteran anti-Communist was elected President in 1981 at the age of 70. He dubbed Russia the ‘evil empire’ and together with Margaret Thatcher threatened nuclear war. Many thought it was going to happen, see the very popular poster below. It didnt, for a range of reasons one important one of which was that people got out and protested against the renewal of nuclear weapons and the prospect of a new nuclear arms race. Protest and survive as the slogan went.