The Whig party fell apart in the 1850’s due to factionalism and dissent. This led to the rise of the Know Nothing party (officially the American party), characterized by their belief in nativism and opposition to immigration. Their goal was to “purify” America.
Sound familiar? This year’s Republican campaign may be a tipping point for problems that began eight years ago with the factionalism stemming from the Tea Party movement. The term “Know Nothing” may be apropos as their demographic tends to characterized by their limited education and disdain for those who they feel think they are smarter. The “country club” Republicans all have college educations, but the teabaggers not so much.
If Trump and/or Cruz are denied at the Republican convention by the “establishment” we may possibly see the creation of a third significant party.
“I love the poorly educated!”
— Donald Trump