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The Anti-War Candidate Was Invented in 1968

How a Minnesota senator’s campaign for president set the precedent for Bernie Sanders’ run.

Robert Kennedy, then United States attorney general, delivers a speech on June 30, 1963, in Washington. Years later, he would run for president.

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The anti-war movement of 1968 looks inevitable today, but at the time, it felt “freaking bananas.” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains the charisma of Bobby Kennedy, the fervor of Eugene McCarthy, and the crushing blow they dealt to sitting President Lyndon B. Johnson, who withdrew from the campaign after a narrow win in the New Hampshire primary. O’Donnell wrote about the race in his latest book, Playing With Fire.

In the Spiel, Mike skewers president Trump’s double standards when it comes to sexual assault.

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