November 08, 2017

Hillary Clinton Said That #MAGA Was Racist (Even Though It Was Bill Clinton’s Campaign Slogan In 1991)

What (Really) Happened, Day #2

Hillary Clinton spent months on the campaign trail denigrating everyday Republicans as racist, eventually culminating in the infamous “basket of deplorables” moment we noted on Tuesday.

Clinton and her husband also implied that Donald Trump’s campaign slogan — “Make America Great Again” — was a racist dog whistle. For example, about two months before Election Day, Bill Clinton stood on stage and said that #MAGA was nothing more than an assurance to “white southerners” that they would be the top of the “social totem pole” again.

Hillary Clinton was even more blunt during a post-election interview on CBS News’ “Sunday Morning,” claiming that Trump wanted to appeal to a racist “nostalgia” for white Americans:

TRANSCRIPT:

HILLARY CLINTON: “He was quite successful in referencing a nostalgia that would give hope, comfort, settle grievances for millions of people who were upset about gains that were made by others . . .”

JANE PAULEY: “What you’re saying is millions of white people.”

CLINTON: “Millions of white people. Yeah. Millions of white people.”

 

The thing is: Trump didn’t coin the phrase “Make America Great Again.” The Clintons did.

Bill Clinton used it during Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential run against then-Senator Obama. “It’s time for another comeback,” Clinton said in a 2008 radio ad. “Time to make America great again.”

(Don’t take my word for it — the mp3 file is still available on an archived version of her campaign website.)

Bill Clinton also used the phrase in October 1991, when he announced to a crowd in Arkansas that he would be entering the presidential race against then-President George H.W. Bush.

TRANSCRIPT:

BILL CLINTON: “I ask with you to join with us today. To give me your hands and your hearts. To give me your prayers and your help.

“I believe that together we can make America great again.

“And, with your help, your heart, your devotion, and your efforts, we can build a community of hope that will inspire the world.”

 

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