Harding never even campaigned for the Presidency, yet he got 64% of the major-party votes. (the biggest landslide ever in a Presidential election)
The main reason for this, though you’ll find it edited out of modern textbooks, is that nobody wanted a Democrat in the White House after what Woodrow Wilson did. Wilson :
A. Was a devout white supremacist. He segregated the workers in the federal government. He hailed the overtly racist 1915 movie Birth of a Nation, saying “It is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is tht it is all so true.”
B. Repeatedly questioned the loyalty of recent immigrants or “hyphenated Americans,” as he liked to call them. He set up the Creel Committe on Public Information, which used propaganda to link Germans to barbarism.
One filmmaker served ten years in prison for producing The Spirit of '76, a film about the Revolutionary War that depicted the British, who were by 1917 our allies, unfavorably. So much for freedom of speech, eh?
C. Was a warmonger. Today he is hailed as bring victory to the U.S. in WWI, but how many Americans know that he landed troops in Mexico ELEVEN TIMES in his Presidency, also in Haiti (1915), Dominican Republic (1916), Cuba (1917), and Panama in 1918? In Haiti, American troops forced peasants in shackles to work on road construction crews. Haitians resisted, prompting a guerrilla war that lead to the loss of over 3,000 (mostly Haitian) lives. Wilson also sent troops to invade Russia in 1918 and 1920, in an attempt to quash the Communist uprising and overthrow of the Russian government. Few Americans who were not alive at the time know anything about our “unknown war with Russia.”
All of this stuff was common knowledge 80 years ago, but by now, it has been whitewashed from American textbooks which glorify Wilson, and teach our kids that he was a hero. Kinda makes me wanna vomit.
For more info on this and other evil things this country has done that nobody is taught in school, check out Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen.