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History has not been kind to those who peddle baseless fruitcake conspiracy theories to build their audiences but divide America (Charles Coughlin in the 1930s; Sen. Joe McCarthy in the 1950s; Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity now).

Charles Coughlin, the anti-Semitic “radio priest” of the '30s, and Joseph McCarthy, who used TV to stoke the '50s red scare, exemplified Hofstadter’s thinking. Trump, who’s used social media and Fox News’s talk shows to propagate conspiracies, stands squarely on their shoulders.

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Fintan O'Toole () recalls America's first shock jock: Fr Charles Coughlin, narcissist, hate-monger and media genius

Fintan O'Toole () recalls America's first shock jock: Fr Charles Coughlin, narcissist, hate-monger and media genius (via )

Irish Americans were prominent members of the American far-right in the 1930s and among them was charles coughlin'>Father Charles Coughlin.

Interesting historical comparison of Steve Bannon to Charles Coughlin.

"From this day forward it's only going to be America First," says @realDonaldTrump . Echoes of Father Coughlin and Charles Lindbergh.

1. Historical footnote: Charles Coughlin was based in Royal Oak in the 1930s. And in the 1960s, a kid from my dad's HS in Detroit moved out

Extraordinary detail from Tom Hayden obit: His parish school pastor was anti-Semite demagogue Charles Coughlin

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