Britain's Prince William made no comment on Saturday as he arrived for a charity event in London without his pregnant wife, the Duchess of Cambridge. (Dec. 9)
No More: Trumpers have a History: The Know Nothing movement. Isn't that the perfect name? I am surprised nobody made the connection. Today it could be called the "poorly educated movement." The movement arose in response to an influx of migrants and promised to "purify" American politics by limiting or ending the influence of Irish Catholics and other immigrants, thus reflecting nativist and anti-Catholic sentiment. It was empowered by popular fears that the country was being overwhelmed by German and Irish Catholic immigrants, whom they saw as hostile to republican values and as being controlled by the Pope. Mainly active from 1854 to 1856, the movement strove to curb immigration and naturalization but met with little success. Membership was limited to Protestant men. There were few prominent leaders, and the largely middle-class membership was divided over the issue of slavery.