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Did George Washington Predict Donald Trump?

IN AN ERA OF DISUNITY, PARTISANSHIP AND ALLEGATIONS OF RUSSIAN ELECTION MEDDLING, THE FIRST PRESIDENT’S FAREWELL ADDRESS SEEMS PRESCIENT.

In September 1796, George Washington, weary of partisan combat just eight years after the ratification of the Constitution and the founding of the nation, wrote a farewell address explaining why he would not seek a third term. His message is worth remembering in our current political moment.

In elaborate and thoughtful prose, Washington raised red flags about

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