George Wallace (1919-1998) was a political opportunist of the 60s who kept talking about segregation. Despite what he said, he was, in fact, a moderate who just simply was so desperate for political power he would screw literally anyone over to do so. Simply put, he lacked any semblance of a moral compass and was willing to switch positions at any time if it meant he would get elected. He went from being very kind to black plaintiffs while a judge and being endorsed by the NAACP in 1958 to racist pandering in the 1960s to anti-segregation in the 1970s and 1980s. He was probably the spokes-man of the time period for the Segregationists. However, he did have some standards, as he disliked lynching and in Alabama, he went against an even more extreme guy. In 1968 he ran for president and stole votes from Richard Nixon, but unfortunately not enough to deny him the election.

Wallace and his Neo-Conservative running mate Curtis LeMay

Wallace ran for the Democratic Nomination in 1972 as the last stand of the Dixiecrats but failed due to being shot by Arthur Bremer.    After somewhat recovering from being shot, but still being in a wheelchair, Wallace ran for the Democratic nomination 1976 but lost badly. He denounced his racist views in his old age before he ran for Alabama governor again, but by then, he was mostly irrelevant.

George Wallace Quotes

"I was out-niggered by John Patterson. And I’ll tell you here and now, I will never be out-niggered again. "- Wallace after being defeated by a race-baiting candidate in 1958.

"I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."- Wallace

See Also

Ronald Reagan - The Republican version of George Wallace in the late sixties/early seventies.   Later slightly moderated his positions to win the presidency

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