‘The Silent Majority’: Directors’ Statement

In the first video of the Op-Docs series, a film by Penny Lane and Brian L. Frye revisits Nixon’s speech from Nov. 3, 1969.

Comments: 69

  1. mcgovern--ah, the country and the world would have been a far different place would he have won. i voted for him in massachusetts that year.

  2. Every time Ihear Nixon's voice, I cringe in disgust. History has proven that the silent majority was not brave, but comfortable. It takes courage to protest when one's country is WRONG. But that is what our constitution guarantees. I hope now that there is enough protest and the silent majority is aware that their comforts are fast disappearing. I thought this documentary was an awful reminder of terrible days.

  3. I am part of the Silent Majority. I use logic and common sense when it comes to politics which incidently has neither. I vote based on what I think the candidate is qualified for. Unfortunately sometimes it has had to be a vote for the lesser of two evils or not vote at all. Since voting is my civic duty I do vote. I become particularly annoyed when newscasters, writers, and politicians say they are speaking for me. No one speaks for me. I am sorry to say I have lost faith in the voting public. They are too much into themselves to view anything from an objective manner.

  4. I don't know what the polls said then (before the election) but now, as far as I can see, they are overwhelmingly in favor of the protests and for some kind of change in our government--I don't mean from Democrats to Republicans--I mean the kind of change the protests are intrinsically asking for--more attention to people (the 99%) and less to the Fat Cats. The cats are a lot fatter these days and the people are a lot leaner--I hope and believe the silent majority is ready for change, but I wonder who is offering it and who they (and I) can vote for.

  5. Two of the bright young minds who ran circles around the skeptical logic of scientists opposing Tricky Dick’s costly and unproven ABM system in 1969 were Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle. The rest is history. So is Nixon. Thankfully.

  6. Perhaps we would be more on the mark if we changed that expression to The Silenced Majority.

    Too many politicians do not care what the voters think, or need or believe. They do not care at all how dark and limited our world has become just because they take greater care to massage the egos of truly selfish men and women who have the ear and attention of the wealthy- or is it the other way around, one hand washing the other?

    How can we respect people who take a job and then refuse to explain why all their time is spent flattering and pleasing vain egotists rather than doing their work of serving the public needs, which is what the job requires?

    All their respect is for great wealth and influence only.

  7. There is a difference between then and now. Occupy Now speaks for interests of the 99%. An overwhelming majority.

  8. The "Silent Majority" became vocal after the Kent State killings, and demanded change, which we got.
    Today things are different. The majority is anything but silent, thanks to FaceBook and YouTube. The silent ones are those few who have not yet gotten on line.

  9. And now 40 years later, in a very different time and space, your point is?...is it that those politicians who discount OWS will be more likely to have a greater chance to win the 2012 election? To these politicians, I think I'd be inclined to say, "Go ahead...I dare you"..

  10. I'm glad you left it up to me. Now I can safely put it out of mind. There is no such thing as a silent majority.
    I carry no sign on my car but I talk daily about the political scene. I am not silent. I do not live in a cave. I just don't buy an ad in the paper or jump off a building with a "Vote for POGO" T shirt on.. Most of us are making up our minds at this very minute and if you want me to screem "help," I will gladly do so as I have been doing for the last year. There, did you hear it?

  11. The majority today have made their voices very clear. Poll after poll show a majority of Americans supporting OWS.

  12. Bob, you completely misread me. Today's "silent majority" is virtually non-existent. The vocal majority is making itself heard. The question is whether or not the pols and fat cats will hear what we are saying and act upon it.

  13. The majority todays is silent no more. Thanks to the internet people are being heard loud and clear. Back in the days, my son was the only one in the class to vote for McGovern in a third grade mock election. I was proud then and I am proud now as he is OWS.

  14. This short doc is a good reminder of how quickly the "silent majority" can turn on a president. In much of the criticism of the Occupy Wall Street movement I read that the Vietnam War protests were ineffective. On the contrary, Nixon eventually had to take into account the unpopularity of the war on the homefront and was forced into ending the war. When we the people reach the point were we are no longer silent, political leaders bend to our will.

  15. First, please look at what you wrote: "We fell in love," with the pictures you got from his closest aides. Considering your superb credentials, I am surprised that you did not know the first rule of documentary filmmaking: Just because you fall in love with some images doesn't necessarily make them valuable to the story. This documentary short plays a lot more like a Nixon campaign video. Or worse, like an attempt at resurrecting the image of a shamed leader forced from office by his high crimes and the high crimes committed by some of those who handed you the yummy video. The images, married to the music and Nixon's most confident speech of that period come together as adulation, not exposition, not quest for new knowledge. The sea of white-only faces looking up at Nixon should have told you something--that your film was sadly lacking. Those kinds of faces were available to news viewers on a nightly basis. All that is knew in this cluster is that they are all so adoring. Reminded me of a certain German lady filmmaker's propagada films (See: Triumph of The Will) The only anti-war images you offered are of people carrying banners, not a single coffin of a solider, not a single image of a GI in combat, no images of actual vietnamese people enter this little bubble of Nixon's world. Your small film leaves this viewer frustrated and put off by the (hopefully) unconscious adulation of Nixon, a fiercely intelligent man I enjoyed interviewing, but who became confused about the use of power and so abused it, to the detriment of the nation.

  16. As someone from Massachusetts, I remember growing up seeing bumperstickers that said "Don't blame Me, I'm from Massachusetts". But McGovern didn't carry our Commonwealth by THAT big of a margin, and Reagan carried Mass twice, something that particularly delighted the Gipper. Just felt like mentioning that. Fascinating little film.

  17. I was just back from Vietnam. Suffering from PTSD and not yet able to accept the fact that the last year I had spent in hell was for nothing, ended up voting for Tricky Dick. What a mistake that was.

  18. Thank goodness for the voice of the minority... lest we still believe the Earth is flat & the center of the universe!

  19. .

    Before anyones starts to feel nostalgia for Nixon

    And waxes poetic about the Silent Majority

    Let's remember a few things ...


    The Silent Majority let Jim Crow survive for 100 years

    They hunted Witches in Salem - gave Joe McCarthy a voice

    And might be happy if all of us still lived in trees


    As a Teacher described it way back when ...

    Think of Humans using the template of a 'Bell Curve'

    At one end are 'Good Geniuses and Artists'

    On the other are 'Bad Criminals and Psychotics'

    And both those extremes are reliably consistent

    But the Vast Majority in the Middle - often Silent

    They can be unpredictable - go either direction

    One time might follow Jesus

    Next time could be Hitler


  20. Ah, Nixon. Unbelievable Nixon. Elected in '68 promising a new approach to the war in Vietnam, one that would succeed where President Johnson's had failed. Alluring bait that was swallowed hook, line and sinker by unsuspecting 'silent' Americans afraid of change. How many tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers died after Nixon took over? What was accomplished?

    Nixon. Successfully 'Swift Boating' George McGovern, a man who flew more than 20 bombing missions over Europe (the average survival rate was 12 missions), making the gullible, culpable 'silent' majority believe that McGovern was a coward who would run from our commitment in Vietnam.

    It was a fluke Nixon got caught lying about Watergate. Nobody cared but a jilted career FBI man and some eager journalists who kept coming up with incredible facts. At the time, the silent majority was annoyed more than anything else by stories about the cover-up of the Watergate break-in. Revolution, my foot. That was the dawning of the age of acquiescence.

  21. Even Richard Nixon has got soul

  22. Nixon was dead on and his speech rightly applies to today's "Occupy Whatever" movement.

    These protesters hardly represent the 99% of Americans who provide for themselves and their families, obey the law and have respect for the sacrifices others have made so that we may enjoy the benefits of this country. Rather they are their own tiny minority representing a wide variety of malcontents, spoiled children and society's general losers who lay blame for their own plight at everyone's feet, but their own. Having some misguided sense of self-importance and a romantic notion that they are making a difference in today’s world, they need to grow up and fast.

    Like their forbearers of the 1960's, these current crops of misfits are soon destined for the dust bin of history.

  23. Very odd to see the continued liberal hostility to Richard Nixon as every president since him has been more conservative, Democratic or Republican.

    LIberals wax on and on about George McGovern, who was bound to lose as he was an ineffective candidate. The opportunity to have taken a different course was not 1972 but 1968 where liberals turned against their long time champion Hubert Humphrey.

    Fickle is what fickle does.

  24. ah the good old days when the silent majority was silent

  25. Please remember that the term "Silent Majority" originally meant the dead of past times. Is this you?

    This video does have a bias as it has been brought to our attention right now, perhaps to imply that the Occupiers will lose out in their quest to bring the Wall Street gamblers to justice. Possibly, but always remember that the Vietnam war did come to a close, and that the Watergate plumbers, criminals all, were trying to best the Democrats in an election. Doesn't that seem familiar as we all watch the Republicans trying to manipulate the system in yet another election?

  26. Not much to this documentary. Nixon sure was creepy. The press and media were extremely left leaning in the early 70's. The Silent Majority was a great idea to counteract this press bias. Does not mean Nixon wasn't a creep. Was the Vietnam War any worse of an idea than the Iraq War and the Afghan War? Nixon did not start it.

  27. Ironically, "the silent majority" was once a euphemism for the dead.

  28. I would love to hear the film makers explain why they juxtapose a Nixon speech from a few days before he beat Hubert Humprey with state by state vote counts from the 1972 election, in which Nixon trounced George McGovern. In fact, in 1968, when he made the Silent Majority speech, Nixon slipped past Hubert Humphrey by 7/10ths of 1 percent - and in fact did not win a majority of votes cast as Humphrey and third-party candidate George Wallace together received about 41 million votes to Nixon's 31.7 million. Any number of political analysts has speculated, based on polling in the last week, that if the campaign had gone on for just another few days, Humphrey would have beaten Nixon.

    What is most important about that '68 campaign - other than the fact that it gave us five more years of war in Vietnam, the genocide in Cambodia, and Watergate and its attendant horrors - is the emergence of Nixon's "Southern Strategy," a successful play for white racist vote in what had been the solidly Democratic South. The Republicans played the race card hard in that election, and have been playing it ever since.

  29. I'm guessing that Penny Lane was born sometime after 1967.

  30. Nixon was absolutely correct to say we need, as a people, to go with the majority rather than those who are the loudest. That's democracy. But the majority of Americans today want to increase taxes on the wealthiest citizens and feel the rules are rigged against the middle class, and both parties are ignoring that fact. When the political process does not address what the majority of people want and benefits only an elite superclass, it is time to take to the streets, whether it be the Middle East or NYC.

  31. A slow motion pan, put to music, of ANY campaign trail crowd (even a McGovern one) would be just as moving. I've seen footage from Vienna Heldenplatz, 1938 that would work just fine - enough to have even impressed Goebbels.
    But, thankfully, history tells another tale.....

  32. It might be true that Nixon's silent majority at that time was not the same as protesters. But let don't forget one important transformation since then indeed took place, 1968 silent majority was massacred by very GOP, many from that silent majority is under threat of losing health care, those lost jobs last 40 years, manufacturing literally left the country.

    Yes I agree, when Nixon won 1968, there was that silent majority is not exactly agreed street protesters, But today silent majority's majority joined those protesters as we see tea party (insane group) , Occupy wall street ( sane group).

    What comes out of this silent majority is only victims of GOP's last 40 years policy.

    So think the 2012 election.

  33. This is an instance when the OWS protesters does represent the majority. The majority of Americans think our country is heading down the wrong path. The majority wants change. The majority is against the hoardig of wealth while services such as healthcare and education for ordinary Amercians gets cut. The majority is against Wall Street bankers escaping zero consequences while their irresponsible action and greed brought us to the brink of a financial collapse. The majority of Americans resented the fact that Wall Street got bailed out with Main Street's money while Main Street is now bleeding looking for mercy.

    The income gap in this country has been getting significantly worse with the top 1% seeing a rise of income of near 230% and so far owns 42.7% of all financial wealth. While the ordinary american worker has seen his real value of income actually DECLINE during the last few years. It is no secret- middle class America is in decline and is struggling to stay afloat. The system must change. OWS is screaming that and only an idiot who is completely oblivious to what is going on will disagree with that.

  34. Schmaltzy music; a sincere and serious voice - not spitting expletives at the protesters - au contraire, "understanding" them and protesting his support of their right to protest; clean cut crowds filmed by clean cut men (who happened, later, to commit serious felonies and to do hard prison time) and a tone not unlike similar speeches announcing military intrusions into Laos, to extend a deeply divisive and unjust war. Oh, and finally the trumpet for America's rectitude and invincibility in this War.

    Oh, yes, this is a time we volk dearly miss...

    Perhaps the directors are too young to have been there, and remembered.. or were too deeply entrenched in the clean cut crowd to see the realities underlying this deeply disturbed man's Presidentcy.

    Those of us of a certain age certainly do remember those times, and see the lies this slick little piece attempts to mask.

    That said, today's crop of GOP plutocrats, yahoos and dimwits make Nixon look positively ... presidential.

  35. The baby boomers are the problem. And they have 20-40 more years left to live. And that's why there's no future here.

  36. There is a difference between between the antiwar protestors of Nixon's time and the OWS protestors of today. The Vietnam war provided a clear choice, you were for the war or against it or perhaps didn't care.. The OWS do not have something to focus on as did those protesting the Vietnam war. The war could end, we could declare victory and go home etc.. In any event something relatively clean cut.

    The OWS people do not have anything they can 'zero in' on, just being 'mad as hell and I not going take it any more' doesn't cut it so they will fail. And that's too bad.

  37. All the faces were white.

  38. What strikes me the most about the crowd is its uniformity. Where are African Americans, Latinos, Asians, & Middle Eastern faces? I find that as shocking as other things others have pointed out above.

    I am very curious about where this footage was taken.

  39. Against this pointless hagiography, in which smiling faces stand in for historical memory, we might pose the rather more incisive words of the journalist Hunter S. Thompson, published June 16, 1994, on Nixon's death in Rolling Stone.

    "If the right people had been in charge of Nixon's funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin."

  40. Interesting that the filmmakers feel that Nixon's two greatest achievements were his silent majority speech and beating George McGovern. I'm sure he had much greater achievements than claiming that there was anything wrong about those who spoke out against government wrongdoing, or than an election in which the presidency was brought down by the winner's illegal actions and cover-ups surrounding that election. Interestingly, the majority now essentially agrees with that minority about Vietnam.

  41. May I suggest to the producers of this puff doc piece that they read posthumous commentary about both the character and the actions taken by this president that reveal a manipulative, conniving and crafty but equally ingenious statesman whose policies and actions were at once politically savvy and wrong.
    By the comments that precede these I can tell that you have reawaken the thoughts and memories of those of us who bore the consequences of Nixon's policies. Please read history and know that American politics and American foreign polices have nothing to do with what the electorate think or desire, policy making is about special relationships and interest only. Remember, the congress and the administration worry about two things only; getting elected and being reelected.

  42. Proof positive of just how far extreme right the GOP/Tea Party has goosestepped....people are actually recollecting Nixon...NIXON!... as a moderate ...dare I say liberal by today's standards.. Egads, Man!

  43. Does it matter as much to others as it does to me that though Nixon won the 1972 election, the "vocal minority" won history?

    Our presence in Vietnam was a disaster that helped alter the global alignment of nations, while the facts and figures in Nixon's landslide victory have become little more the answer to a question on "Jeopardy".

  44. nixon was a liar, a crook, a murderer, and a war criminal. he could have ended the war in 1970 by agreeing to a deal he had been negotiating with ho chi minh but on the advice of another war criminal, henry kissinger (the memo exists), he delayed ending the war until 1974. kissinger's reasoning was that it would hurt nixon's chances of re-election in 1972. this delay came at the cost of over 20,000 more american deaths in the war. so he could get re-elected. don't try to justify his crimes with cute phrases like divisive and polarizing statements of "silent majorities." the world knows the truth about this weasel and no amount of spinning by his "library", this film, or his apologists will change that truth. the blood of four dead students at kent state university is on his hands. and the world still suffers at the hands of a group of criminals who learned their craft at his side---rumsfeld, cheney, wolfowitz. how long will it take to repair the damage done by nixon, damage that continues to this day.

  45. If there's anything to this, we'll soon see who the "silent majority" is, won't we?

  46. I give about as much credence to the "Silent Majority" as I do the "Moral Majority." To even self-ascribe the moniker "majority" is to delude oneself into thinking their "silent" prejudice, piety, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, religion, ignorance, and general fear and mistrust of anything new or different, is actually right and defensible.

    The OWS movement speaks for more people than just about any other movement, cause, or platform I've witnessed in my lifetime. You can't change that fact no matter how many times you repeat that THEY are hippies, communists, or backed by George Soros. They are YOU. You are part of the 99%. Embrace it. Work with it.

  47. Why no music credit?

  48. My favorite memory of Nixon was of consecutive headlines in the San Francisco paper: "Nixon to Resign" "Nixon Resigns" and "Now Ford President."
    I admit that I gloated in the schadenfreude of his demise and that we wouldn't have Nixon to kick around anymore.
    Had I only known what the political future would be, I'd have been more supportive.
    I was a protester against Vietnam while still in my Marine uniform. I was certain that when Nixon was thrown out, the promise of the 1960s was unstoppable.
    So much for that.
    But the one true thing to come out of the era was that real political change depended on people in the streets demanding answers and action.
    The anti-war protests and the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations both began slowly. But the juggernaut gained momentum once the war appeared on television as the silent majority sat down for dinner.
    If the Wall Street dissidents survive a cold winter and continue their right to peaceably assemble, politicians will be forced to surrender to the will of the people and reject the monied interests corrupting our society.

  49. Is this to be what was once termed "agit-prop"?

  50. As an infantry combat vet of Viet Nam I remember clearly that the Democratic presidents JFK and LBJ started the Viet Nam War and continued it for years.

  51. Perhaps the Occupy movement represents a majority that is so fed up we are silent no longer.

  52. It's not fair to judge Nixon by contemporary standards which, historically speaking, are pretty extreme. Bush Jr. would make nearly anyone shine. Those who experienced Nixon in his social context (as I did as a kid) can appreciate how near-sinister he was (along with Kissinger). The difference between Nixon and Bobby Kennedy, much less Eugene McCarthy or, later, McGovern, was enormous. The Clintons would have been considered Rockefeller republicans - not democrats. After all, Jimmy Carter was a conservative democrat. I'm feeling like an old man right now..... but considering what happened to the country in the 80's, 90's and 00's, this is a good thing. The time has come to Occupy America!

  53. Remember? The majority, who could vote, were 21 or older. We sent young men, through conscription (The Draft), to die but they had no political voice. One hundred percent of them were silenced except those few 'Favored Son's'. No wonder they took to the streets. I'm thinking every young man in that video had a draft card in his back pocket, or had burned it.

  54. In short, history is instructive about the past, but not predictive. That means, you can attempt to make parallels with the past in terms of what is happening today, but it is highly unlikely things currently will turn out to match exactly what happened before. My response to Richard Nixon and the Silent Majority of the 1960s in this video montage with respect to our world now is a great big "so what?" It doesn't predict anything necessarily about now. Was the point, though, to make the viewer uncomfortable or just to be provocative? If so, then, also, that gets a great big yawn as art. Again, my answer is, "so what?"

  55. Anybody know the name of the instrumental song that is played in the video? Wow, what a classic 70's song to sit back and relax. Brings back memories of the 70's.

  56. The music says it all: vapid, fake smiley-face sound of the 50s, when many minorities were still oppressed and nearly everyone was silent about it while buying new refrigerators.

  57. I wonder if anyone recognized themselves in that footage. I wonder how they feel about their younger selves now.

  58. Oh, and don't forget the counter marches of the "silent majority" when the "hard hats" beat up protestors in New York City. Talk about setting groups against each other for political gain.

  59. I recall campaigning for McGovern and being told by a Democratic Party operatives that they were "going to let this one go." This on the basis of "something really big will emerge after the election that will change the face of politics for years to come." That was Watergate. Was Nixon's landslide in part due to Democrats defaulting in the campaign as part of a set up for what followed?

  60. Its all about whoever tells the best story. Nixon was not a good or ethical man, he did not have the country's best interests in mind, he was not a statesman. He was an insecure pol with a score to settle and everything was always about HIM. Nothing has changed really, just some of the players. Between the silent 4th estate and the fact-free talk jocks the easily distracted public is governed by the giant corporations and their marketing tools. That includes practically everyone in Washingon.

  61. We the vocal minority viewed Mr. Mixon's speech as a command to the majority to just "shut up and put up with it". We refused to do that. How do you like the way he pinned blame for the "loss" of Vietnam on the demonstrators? We did not lose Vietnam. The whole point of the war action there was to halt the spread of world communism (via the "domino theory"). Not only did world communism not multiply, it actually began to at first moderate - when Nixon opened diplomatic relations with communist China - and later to deteriorate (when the USSR dissolved into "independent states"). The greatest fear of the silent majority in the fifties and sixties was of a communist takeover of the United States. It did not happen. Today, we stand in danger of becoming a dictatorship of the plutocrats, if we are not already there. Back when I was young we heard a lot of this slogan, "Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom." We would do well to remember it again.

  62. richard nixon was the most influential american politician of the last 60 years. his checkers speech began the use of television to transform politics into a reality show; his southern strategy destroyed the old conservative republican party of barry goldwater and replaced it with the neofascism of eric cantor; his policies on the collapse of the bretton woods agreements led us to the fiscal ruin we face today.

  63. How sad that Nixon (who has been proven a liar and a scoundrel) now looks comparatively good to me. He was a strong environmental advocate, opened up relations with China, and would have implemented a national health care plan had he not self-destructed. In many ways his policies were well to the left of Obama! What a tragedy has been our national trajectory!

    Many of us who protested the war back then did so because it was clearly immoral. Others did so because it was lousy policy. Still others because our government was killing us! All were right! To me, that's the similarity with OWS and the "Occupy..." movement - The US has perpetuated an immoral system that concentrates extreme wealth in the hands of the 1% and then allows them to pass it on to their children who did NOTHING to earn it - talk about welfare! The disparities in income are literally killing many of our fellow citizens, not to mention the soldiers and civilians killed in vain wars. All of this flawed policy meant to serve the interests of the wealthiest of the wealthy. Extremes of inequality - such as we have in the US - are bad for our national health as this talk shows with hard numbers - I say "Right on OWS!": http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson.html#.Tq98jXy0k8I.facebook

  64. The protests of the 60s were exactly what OWS is today: an excuse to defecate in public, whether it be on police cars in the US or in St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The protests were supported by the media, just as OWS is today. The only difference is that the OWS movement also has the support of the president, who is making Nixon look good.

  65. Oh, how I despised Nixon, even before Watergate. Oh, how I despise the Party of No. The party of Tradition? Remember I Like Ike? He was the last of the sane ones. Now, it's just the same fookin idea that the silent majority must stay silent or else.

    When you see the cradle of Democracy that was ancient Greece being fleeced by casino banksters, when you see the GOoPers preaching to the choir on Faux News that the Rich MUST get Richer, you know we are in another undeclared war -- and our soldiers are Occupying the World. Get our and March, you Boomers.

  66. Remember, the war in Vietnam was a misguided war to support a corrupt regime in South Vietnam. We had no business being there in the first place. Over 50,000 thousand members of my peer group died. That is why we were out protesting. The silent majority was sold a bill of goods. The young men were being drafted and sent over there for no good reason. The young protesters on OWS see an unjust economic playing field that was corrupted by Wall Street and their paid for politicians. They are rightly furious. So am I.

  67. I enjoyed the video for its captured moments of history.

    Glad there was no direct statement/conclusion on current events and the filmmakers left that to the viewer, if she or he chooses to do that.

    Personally, I think there are far too many complicated factors at play today and back then that make it impossible to fairly equate one implication with another.

  68. Younger readers who are not students of history will be shocked to find out how liberal Nixon was, not only in comparison to today's Republican party, but even in comparison to many of today's Democrats. Garry Wills wrote a fascinating book, Nixon Agonistes, making the case that RMN was one of the last great American liberals - brought down by his tragic flaw. That's going a bit far - Nixon did give us a secret war in Cambodia and spied on his enemies. But wait - now our government spies on its FRIENDS.

  69. Perhaps another documentary of similar Nixon footage, but with portions of his office audio tapes (the ones which brought about his downfall) played over the footage. For example, the one about African Americans, where Nixon said, "“My own view is (they'll succeed) if you’re talking in terms of 500 years. I think it’s wrong if you’re talking in terms of 50 years. What has to happen is they have be, frankly, inbred. And, you just, that’s the only thing that’s going to do it, Rose.” Another one could be ""When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal." His true persona was very different from the one the loving folks in the videos saw on TV and at rallies.