The divisive words of Vice President Spiro Agnew.

Spiro Agnew Could Have Taught Donald Trump a Thing or Two About Attacking the Media

Spiro Agnew Could Have Taught Donald Trump a Thing or Two About Attacking the Media

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
April 5 2017 5:12 PM

The Fiery Words of Spiro Agnew

Revisiting Oct. 15, 1969, and the then–vice president’s divisive language.

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Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment revisits memorable (or sometimes forgotten) moments from America’s presidential carnival.

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This week: Spiro Agnew could have taught Donald Trump a thing or two about how to issue divisive language from the Oval Office.

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.