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 Early FDR supporter
He was originally a supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, using his radio program to promote Roosevelt for president in 1932. He was known for the slogan "Roosevelt or Ruin!" After 1934 he turned on Roosevelt and began taking on an increasingly cranky tone, turning toward the political right.
 Money crankery
Coughlin was obsessed with monetary policy, espousing some crank ideas about "sound money" which he claimed would put an end to the Depression. He opposed the gold standard which he saw as putting control of the U.S. money supply under the control of "the money manipulators". Likely, his early support of Roosevelt came about because he saw Roosevelt as somebody who would, in his words, "drive the money changers from the temple", and Roosevelt did indeed take the U.S. off the gold standard in 1933. It is also likely Coughlin turned on Roosevelt shortly thereafter because Roosevelt showed no interest in enacting Coughlin's other, more esoteric proposals. Among Coughlin's views was an opposition to the Federal Reserve bank, a view held to this day by many cranky "sound money" advocates, some of them for anti-Semitic reasons on the grounds the Fed is allegedly controlled by Jews.
 Rightward swing and Nazi sympathy
In 1936 he formed a short-lived alliance with Francis Townsend (originator of the Townsend Plan), and with anti-Semitic demagogue Gerald L.K. Smith, to form the Union Party to contest the 1936 elections against Roosevelt. The Union Party failed miserably at the polls and disbanded after the 1936 elections; Coughlin announced his retirement from the airwaves, but returned within a few months with a program which often increasingly expressed anti-Semitic views, opposition to the League of Nations, and sympathy for Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. He peddled conspiracy theories about Jews as the driving force behind major world events such as the Russian Revolution and the Great Depression and as being in league with communists.
He founded an organization called the National Union for Social Justice and a publication called Social Justice. In 1941 with the U.S. entry into World War II, the Catholic Church ordered Coughlin - who by then was openly expressing support for the Axis powers - off the air and to return to his duties as a parish priest in Michigan.
 Style and influence
Coughlin's radio program employed a ranting style which often began soft-spoken and "religious" sounding but grew in intensity until he was ranting against Roosevelt, Great Britain, the League of Nations, "international bankers", Communist influence in America, the Jews, and anyone else he decided to rant about that day. Far too many of today's radio hosts like Michael Savage seem to have borrowed their style from Coughlin.
 See also
- MP3 archive of his broadcasts
- American Jewish Committee's archive of Coughlin-related material
- Entry in Holocaust Encyclopedia with film footage
- Father Coughlin speaks against the Federal Reserve
- Father Coughlin in Action
- Father Coughlin Before the 1936 Election
- James P. Shenton. Fascism and Father Coughlin. The Wisconsin Magazine of History, Vol. 44, No. 1, Autumn, 1960