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Seymore Trammell, Wallace associate, on
the power of politics

Seymore Trammell Q: What was Wallace really willing to sacrifice to win?

A: He was willing to sacrifice everything -- everything and anybody that was in his pathway or in his life. He was ready to abandon family, friend, philosophy. Abandon all of those things for his own political agenda, whatever that agenda might be, and he was well-focused on that. He knew exactly what he wanted to do there, and whatever was in his way he was willing to destroy that. And he did a good job of it.

He had the attitude, and he told me, "Seymore, my philosophy is going to be that people are not capable of governing themselves, and therefore, I'm going to tell them what they want to hear. And then just before election, kick a nigger's ass and get elected."

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