The Eights | 1968 and the Democrats' Dysfunction

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Lawrence O'Donnell, host of "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" on MSNBC and the author of Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics (Penguin Press , 2017), looks back at the Democrats' dysfunction in 1968, which paved the way for Nixon's election.

He'd lost his grip + understanding of American politics, says @Lawrence of LBJ in '68. He + society were seeing things they'd never seen before. Boys w/ponytails, music revolution, pot smoking. It was just "a stunning era" in every way + the politics were just as chaotic.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 16, 2018

"Every American was transformed in the 1960s. Every one," says @Lawrence O'Donnell...and "with Bobby Kennedy, we see it play out politically."

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 16, 2018

@Lawrence O'Donnell says Nixon knew he had to win the South + knew how to appeal to the South by adopting George Wallace's rhetoric. And says Trump has lifted so much from Wallace, when he talks about wanting to punch protesters, + other things like that.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 16, 2018

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