9 Chilling Similarities between JFK and Trump
1. The Federal Reserve
In Jim Marrs’ Crossfire, he theorized that Kennedy had signed Executive Order 11110 in an attempt to transfer power from the Federal Reserve to the Department of Treasury, by replacing Federal Reserve Notes with silver certificates. In the debates, Trump was critical of the Fed, calling them out for manipulating the economy. He has also pledged to audit the Fed. Trump hung a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office, another president that, like Kennedy and Trump, venerated the “common man” and openly opposed central banking. Jackson vetoed legislation to establish the Second Bank of the United States, opening up a period of free banking.
2. The CIA
JFK is said to have had a distrust of the CIA and famously wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.” Trump is known to have had a feud with the CIA, after they leaked a fabricated dossier alleging Russian blackmail. The media also reported that Trump wanted to cut intelligence agency staff and had plans to restructure the CIA.
3. Presidents of Peace
Kennedy put into place a plan to end the Vietnam War; promising to withdraw 1,000 troops by December 1963 and the rest by the end of 1965. Trump has opposed the Iraq war as well as the manner in which his predecessors have destabilized the Middle East. Unlike his opponent, Trump is against overthrowing Assad in Syria and has vowed only to intervene overseas when there is a direct threat posed to the United States.
4. Leadership through Innovation
In Trump’s inauguration speech, he declared, “We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.” This pronouncement is eerily similar to Kennedy’s promise to land man on the moon before the end of the decade, which came to pass just six months shy of the deadline. With Trump appointing visionaries like Peter Theil and Elon Musk as outside advisors, his rhetoric is provided credibility.
5. New Media
Trump was the first president to utilize social media as a campaign tool; bypassing traditional outlets and speaking directly to the people. JFK was able to do something similar, using television in a new way to appeal to voters during the 1960 debates.
6. Classy First Ladies
Both Melania Trump and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis possess incredible poise, class, and fashion styles. Many compared Melania’s powder blue Ralph Lauren to the outfit Jackie Kennedy wore to her husband’s 1961 inauguration; complete with matching shoes and gloves.
7. Winter White House in Palm Beach, FL
This weekend, Trump is headed to his Mar a Largo property, dubbed the Winter White House by his aides. JFK also famously had a “Winter White House” in Palm Beach.
8. Campaign Styles
Both presidents exhibited charm and charisma. They were both political outsiders and anti-establishment candidates; written off as unelectable. They both used populist messaging, with Trump appealing to the “Forgotten Man” and JFK becoming the “People’s President”. They also both, surprisingly, lost the popular vote.
9. Debt-Free Money
Under JFK, debt-free bank notes were issued by the Treasury. After the elites have benefitted for so long from the Fed’s zero-interest policies, Trump wants the everyday citizens to be brought into the same prosperity; able to enjoy the same benefits as the rich who have gained the system for so long.