Trump Updates FDR’s 'Forgotten Man' Theme

During the early morning hours of November 9, 2016, Donald Trump greeted his supporters and well-wishers at the Hilton Hotel in New York City after it was announced that he had won the presidency. During his remarks he referred to the forgotten man who is no longer forgotten. In doing so, he provided a clue to his political identity that has eluded the commentators. It is interesting to this writer that his expression “forgotten man” is a term identified with the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and was first used by FDR to define his vision in a radio speech given on April 7, 1932. Let’s look at the parallels between that speech and the Trump persona offered during the campaign. FDR in this radio address said, “[I am not going to] speak merely as a Democrat myself. The present condition of our national affairs is too serious to be viewed through partisan eyes for partisan purposes.” DJT repeatedly describes himself as leading a movement. This...(Read Full Article)