Maury Klein: The real silent majority

The Providence Journal on Jul 24, 2016

Maury Klein: The real silent majority

In November 1969 Richard Nixon popularized the phrase “silent majority” in a speech referring to a large but undefined group of citizens who held strong opinions but did not voice them. He did not invent the term; it has been traced back as far as 1831 and was revived by adman Bruce Barton in 1919 for use in Calvin Coolidge’s race for the vice presidency. It has been used many times since then, most recently by Donald Trump in a July 2015 speech proclaiming that “the silent majority is back.”