Nastiest presidential campaign ever?
Not even close.
When it comes to mudslinging campaigns, everything old is new again.
By R. Marc and Matthew Kantrowitz
With people commenting that the current presidential race is the foulest in history, Donald Trump has never, up to this point at least, characterized any of his past opponents as a “hideous hermaphroditical character [who] has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.” The man on whose behalf these words came to be uttered is enshrined on Mount Rushmore. Yes, a Thomas Jefferson supporter coined this phrase in attacking his opponent John Adams, who responded in kind, predicting that the election of Jefferson would result in houses being burned, females being accosted and “children writhing on pikes.” That the heated election centered around immigration, presidential war powers and the first amendment shows how little we have moved, both in terms of substance and insult. Read more.
Top, from left: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson. Bottom, from left: James Blaine, Grover Cleveland, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton.