The Donald Trumps of History (Revisited)

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.

1. Pauline Hanson is the Donald Trump of Australia. And She Just Won.

By Michael Stahl

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Photo by Philip Myers from Anna Broinowski’s film “Pauline Hanson: Please Explain!”

How an anti-immigrant outsider with a flair for the dramatic became the yuge-est thing Down Under.

2. Before Trump, This Governor Set the Gold Standard for Outrageous Politicians

By April Siese

TED JACKSON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE David Duke and Edwin Edwards supporters make their sides known at Lakeside Mall in Metiaire during a WDSU live phone in to Edwin Edwards, November 13, 1991.
(Photo by Ted Jackson / The Times-Picayune)

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.

3. The Donald Trump of the 1840s

By Brendan Spiegel

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(Image courtesy of the Digital Library at Villanova University)

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?

4. This One-Eyed, Insult-Spewing Senator Was the Donald Trump of the 1890s

By Jerad W. Alexander

Illustration by Matt Rota
(Illustration by Matt Rota)

How a fiery farmer known as “Pitchfork Ben” ravaged his own party, galvanizing angry voters with racist rhetoric — before it all came crashing down.

5. The Man Who Vowed to Make New Amsterdam Great Again

By Arvind Dilawar

Illustration by Jared Boggess
(Illustration by Jared Boggess)

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.