(Alternet) -- He was vain, brash, intolerant, impulsive, an unrepentant speculator, a literal slave driver and eager warmonger. And now, according to Trump's White House advisers and President Trump himself, he's the role model for what they hope a Trump presidency will be like.
News arrived Wednesday that Trump had a portrait of Andrew Jackson hung in the Oval Office. In his first televised address from the office on Wednesday, Trump compared his election to Jackson's. That followed Trump's boasts to 500 GOP donors last week: “There hasn’t been anything like this since Andrew Jackson... Andrew Jackson! What year was Andrew Jackson? That was a long time ago!”
Right-wingers in Trump’s orbit, from chief strategist Stephen Bannon to ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich have been talking up the seventh president to Trump and the press for months, emphasizing Jackson’s anti-establishment populism that is best known for his breaking up northeast bank cartels in his day.
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"Like Jackson's populism, we're going to build an entirely new political movement,” Bannon declared in November.