Donald Trump needs to listen to LBJ

By Kent R. Kroeger (, October 4, 2019)

Source: Gallup Poll

Should I stay or should I go?

Historians generally explain LBJ’s decision not to run for re-election in 1968 in the growing discontent over the Vietnam War and the political strength demonstrated by anti-War Democrats, such as Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy, who received 42 percent of the vote to LJB’s 49 percent in the March 12th New Hampshire primary. When New York Senator Robert Kennedy joined the Democratic nomination race on March 16th, LBJ knew his path to the nomination was precarious — a nearly unprecedented position for an incumbent president.

How is LBJ relevant to Donald Trump?

There are major differences between what LBJ faced in March 1968 and Donald Trump faces in October 2019.