I wonder if Bill Clinton is going senile.
The former president was in Orlando, Florida last Wednesday, stumping for his wife, when he said the following about Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan:
“I’m actually old enough to remember the good old days, and they weren’t all that good in many ways. That message where ‘I’ll give you America great again’ is if you’re a white Southerner, you know exactly what it means, don’t you?”
“What it means is ‘I’ll give you an economy you had 50 years ago, and I’ll move you back up on the social totem pole and other people down.’”
So, in other words, Bill Clinton thinks the slogan “Make America Great Again” is…racist.
Of course it is; I mean, what else could recapturing American exceptionalism be but racist?
There’s a bit of a problem with Clinton’s analysis of the slogan, though; you see, as it turns out, the former president has used that same slogan a lot in his own political history. A Fox News article on the subject informs us that he used it “repeatedly” while running for president in 1992, and even used it as recently as 2008 when, in a campaign ad for his wife, he said, “It's time for another comeback, time to make America great again.”
So…is Bill Clinton saying the slogan connotes racism only when spoken by Trump? Or by any Republican? Or is he, in fact, saying that anyone who uses the slogan…to include himself and his wife…is a racist?
I mean, surely if the slogan is racist today, it must have been racist as recently as eight measly years ago, when Mr. Clinton used it in the aforementioned campaign ad for his wife.
To be honest, from what I’ve seen of the Clintons…and elitist Dems, more generally… I could be just as easily convinced that Bill was making a public admission of his own racism, and that of his wife, as I could that he is simply a disingenuous panderer desperate to grab votes for his wife by ascribing racist “dog whistle” status to a simple expression of American pride and nationalism.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large