Before there was Beck, there was Coughlin
August 27, 2010 8:57 AM Subscribe
"Many of his speeches were rambling, disorganized, repetitious, and as time went by, they became increasingly full of bigoted rhetoric. But as a champion of the poor, a foe of big business, and a critic of federal indifference in the face of widespread economic distress, he spoke to the hopes and fears of lower-middle class Americans throughout the country."
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His popularity rivaled that of the President, and he used his pulpit to not only attack Washington's progressive agenda, but America's enemies as well, who he blamed for being anti-family and making divorce too easy
No, not this guy
. In the 30's and 40's, Reverend Charles Coughlin
was a prominent voice of populist American anger. His periodical, Social Justice
, carried his message of anti-Semitism and anti-Communism far and wide, with a circulation of over a million copies. After the events of Kristallnacht in November of 1938, he said, "Jewish persecution only followed after Christians first were persecuted,"
and went on to explain that "communistic government of Russia," "the Lenins and Trotskys…atheistic Jews and Gentiles" had murdered more than 20 million Christians and had stolen "40 billion [dollars]…of Christian property."