Interview with Tom Turnipseed
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

But in '68 what was he saying?

TOM TURNIPSEED:

Well, you know, we, we, we're, they're listening to us. For the first time they're going to listen to us guys, you know, us everyday working class people, you know, who go to work and so forth and so on, and then all the code words about the other people that don't work. Who really do work, but you know, the, the, the, the code words that have a racial connotation to them, so many of them. And he, he was kind of a forerunner in a lot of ways, it, it appears, uh, uh, of the, of the present situation we have in politics the last eight years or so, of the Republicans. They're more sophisticated with it, but he was able to kind of set that anti-civil rights, anti-Vietnam protest agenda at that time, it's been incorporated more sophisticatedly into Republican politics of today. And he was more open. He was much more open with it, you know, what he stood for. Now it's more subtle, but uh, he was, he, his message got across. The only thing is, I think nowadays, from what I know in talking with George Wallace, in talking with him on the phone and with his family and so forth, and read about him, his views have changed demonstrably from then to now.