March 1, 2016 Tuesday
Dear Mr. Silver,
I have a historical question that I hope might be raised during a podcast or chat. Rarely, if ever, do I hear Trump placed in historical context, and I’ve been trying to square Donald Trump with past outsider firebrands in American history. Who might everyone think Trump best compares to from past elections, and why or why not would he share a similar fate? Because he seems to be such a singular individual FiveThirtyEight has him labeled outside the bounds of the five Republican spheres- would you have to Frankenstein him out of pieces of, say, Boss Tweed, William Jennings Bryan, William Randolph Hearst, Huey Long, George Wallace, or Ross Perot?
Thank you to all at FiveThirtyEight for all of the thoughtful and professional reporting and conversations that’s helped make sense of 2016!