The comparisons of Donald to Trump and Wendell Willkie are real and legitimate… as stated in a previous post. Trump had every opportunity to study the campaign failures of another businessman and political novice. Inexplicably, Trump has repeated nearly every mistake Willkie made against FDR in 1940.
- Alienating the female vote– Willkie insulted Labor Secretary, Frances Perkins, during his often incoherent press conferences. Women voters were offended and rushed to support FDR– Trump’s problems with women are well documented and continue to grow.
- Unite your party- Republican leaders never trusted Willkie, and he did little to build bridges; he often called them “boll weevils.” — Trump has divided the same party and refuses to take advice from the Republican National Committee.
- Be friendly to the Press- Willkie had a combative relationship with the press in 1940. Reporters responded by publicizing two of his extramarital affairs while ignoring similar behavior by FDR. — Trump craves media attention, but too often blames it for his campaign’s missteps. His laundry list of secrets are now fair game…. and costing him the election.