As Election Day neared last November, our writers scoured the globe (and many a newspaper archive) to find five figures with striking similarities to the then-GOP nominee. With Trump now settled in to the Oval Office, these stories are more relevant than ever.
By Michael Stahl
How an anti-immigrant outsider with a flair for the dramatic became the yuge-est thing Down Under.
By April Siese
Edwin Edwards’s spicy jambalaya of scandal, swagger, braggadocious charm and made-for-TV stunts was just what Louisiana voters ordered…again and again and again.
By Brendan Spiegel
A tide of anti-immigrant rage among working-class voters. Dire warnings that the America we know and love is on the verge of extinction. One charismatic leader rides the wave of righteous anger. Sound familiar?
By Jerad W. Alexander
How a fiery farmer known as “Pitchfork Ben” ravaged his own party, galvanizing angry voters with racist rhetoric — before it all came crashing down.
By Arvind Dilawar
In the last days of Dutch control over Manhattan, a demagogic dictator seized the city, promising to keep unwanted foreigners at bay. The first step? Build a wall.