Why ‘Okie From Muskogee’ Was Merle Haggard’s Contradictory Masterpiece

It would be churlish, especially in the wake of his passing, to suggest Merle Haggard helped to envision and enable the combative, disaffected constituency that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign has so rudely exploited. But it wouldn’t be entirely untrue.

However, Mr. Trump is no Merle Haggard and his message diverges…

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