Divisive 2020 election harkens back to 1968, but crucial factors challenge comparison

Composite photograph of an elevated view of an anti-Vietnam War protest at the intersection of Lake and State Streets looking east up State Street. Circa 1968. Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Composite photograph of an elevated view of an anti-Vietnam War protest at the intersection of Lake and State Streets looking east up State Street. Circa 1968. Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

By Caroline Kubzansky for WisPolitics.com
It’s hard to say whether there are more similarities or differences between the tumultuous year 2020 and the historic election year of 1968.
Madison historian and radio host Stu Levitan sees similarities.
“2020 and 1968 are the same because the party in power is presiding over a calamity of catastrophic proportions,” he said, noting 1968’s incumbent president, Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson. “In 1968, it was LBJ presiding over Vietnam. Now it's Trump presiding over coronavirus.”
Along with the anti-war protests, 1968 saw the assassinations of Martin Luther...

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