H. L. Mencken 1920 -“The White House will be adorned by a downright moron”

H. L. Mencken 1920 -“The White House will be adorned by a downright moron”

Journalists H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) published an article in The Evening Sun (Baltimore) on July 26, 1920, titled “Bayard vs. Lionheart”. Mencken wrote about the 1920 United States presidential election. This was the first election held after the end of World War I and the first election after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, that prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.

Republican U.S. Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio defeated Democratic Governor James M. Cox of Ohio.

Warren G. Harding/Calvin Coolidge would win 16,144,093 votes (Electoral College 404) to James M. Cox/Franklin D. Roosevelt 9,139,661 (Electoral College 127).

When looking at the 2016 Election, the time after and the behavior of Donald Trump in 2020 one might think H.L. Mencken was right about the future of the presidency.

“The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

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H L Mencken The President Bayard vs Lionheart July 26 1920

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