The 2016 election has drawn a lot of comparisons to past elections and historical events, but one of the most poignant examples of this is a 1964 LBJ campaign ad called "Confessions of a Republican." The four-minute television ad (four minutes, can you imagine?!?!) was posted to YouTube by the LBJ Library in 2014, but it's been making the rounds on the Internet due to its eerie similarity to this year's election and the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump.
In the video, a self-described Republican expresses his disdain for his party's candidate, Senator Barry Goldwater. You're likely to believe that this ad could have been produced today, if not for the grainy video and the fact that the man lights up a cigarette halfway through. The man is an actor, but his resolve to vote against his own party and support Lyndon Johnson hits a nerve. LBJ's campaign ads struck a chord with voters, as LBJ won in the biggest presidential landslide since 1820. Check out the famous "Daisy" ad:
The man in the "Confessions" ad says that a friend of his told him, "Just because a man sounds a little irresponsible during a campaign doesn't mean he's going to act irresponsibly" and that Goldwater would go back on statements he previously made. Many Republicans may be facing a similar dilemma when it comes to Donald Trump.
"We're up against a very different kind of a man. This man scares me," says the man in the ad. "I mean, when the head of the Ku Klux Klan, when all these weird groups, come out in favor of the candidate of my party...either they're not Republicans or I'm not."
Check out the whole video: