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With Hillary Clinton calling Donald Trump’s supporters “deplorables,” and he calling her “Crooked Hillary,” we seemed to have reached an unprecedented low in mudslinging politics. But the reality is even more unsettling: A continuous line of trash talking can be traced back to the age of the Founding Fathers.

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Among other turns of phrase was canada goose outlet sale “that pot bellied mutton headed cucumber” the description used by opponents of canada goose outlet store uk Lewis Cass, the Democratic presidential candidate in 1848. Among the wilder presidential put downs was one aimed at John Quincy Adams. It was said that, as a foreign service officer in Russia, he arranged for canada goose factory outlet American girls to provide sexual services to the czar. How else canada goose outlet could Adams’ diplomatic success be explained, his detractors said.

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Adams was president, having beaten Jefferson for that post four years earlier. Under canada goose outlet online uk the rules at the time, that made Jefferson the vice president, a consolation prize then accorded to a second place finisher. Determined not to lose to Adams again, Jefferson hired a hatchet man, James Callender, a journalist who bore a grudge against Adams. He’d been imprisoned for sedition after exposing corruption in the Adams administration. (He also publicized the tangled love affair that is a plot line of the musical “Hamilton.”)

canada goose jacket outlet sale Callender launched into Adams: “The reign of Mr. Adams has been one continued tempest of malignant passions.” He satirized the president as a pint sized version of King George III. canada goose jacket outlet sale

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