Several pundits have pointed out the similarities between Republican front-runner Donald Trump's campaign and the efforts of Patrick Buchanan to become president two decades earlier.
And Buchanan, a veteran political commentator following his failed run for the White House as the Reform Party candidate in 2000, has been one of the Republicans stressing that the party must face the fact that their followers wants Trump as their nominee, whether the establishment likes it or not.
Buchanan has also said that Trump's outsider status and stances on immigration and international trade are the same important issues he touted during his attempts to become president.
They both also enjoy battling against perceived political correctness and have a blunt, unapologetic speaking style
So, it's worth pointing out Trump's severe criticism of Buchanan when he was contemplating running against him for the Reform Party nominee, as BuzzFeed News
During an appearance on "Larry King Live" in 1999, Trump blasted Buchanan for being "beyond far right" and appealing only to the "wacko vote," according to Buzzfeed News.
The Washington Post
recently spoke to Buchanan about the similarities and why Trump has to this point been successful while Buchanan's three attempts at reaching the White House fell so short.
"What's different today is that the returns are in, the results are known," Buchanan explained, reports the Post.
"Everyone sees clearly now the de-industrialization of America, the cost in blood and treasure from decade-long wars… and the pervasive presence of illegal immigrants…. [And on international trade], from 2000 to 2010, the U.S. lost 55,000 factories and six million manufacturing jobs."
Buchanan's last attempt at the presidency ended with just 0.4 percent of the national vote. Trump certainly appears headed for much more than that. How much more remains to be seen.
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