The word “Trump” is now synonymous with “white power”

Two things happened this week that have slightly more in common than the simple fact that they both involved Donald Trump.

First, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, who started saying nice things Trump long ago, said on his radio program yesterday that white people who don’t vote for Donald Trump are committing “treason to your heritage.”

Duke then encouraged listeners to volunteer for Trump’s campaign:

And I am telling you that it is your job now to get active. Get off your duff. Get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter for many of you everyday on your chairs. When this show’s over, go out, call the Republican Party, but call Donald Trump’s headquarters, volunteer…They’re screaming for volunteers. Go in there, you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mind-set that you have.

He didn’t have to spell out what “same kind of mind-set” meant.

That’s because the very word “Trump” has become so closely associated with white grievance that it is literally being used as a racial taunt. On Monday night, in an example of what has apparently been a common occurrence throughout the season, a racially diverse high school basketball team in Iowa was forced to play (and win) through chants of “Trump” and “USA” from opposing fans.

From the Washington Post:

Perry High is located in a rural part of the state, making its relatively high percentage of minorities unusual. According to a report by Iowa TV station WHO, fans at a game Monday were chanting “Trump! Trump! Trump!” and “U-S-A” at Perry players, who include boys of Latino, Native American and African American heritage.

“It’s honestly disrespectful. That’s how I take it. I hear it during the game, on and off the court. Everywhere I go,” Shammond Ivory, a senior on the team, told WHO.

Donald Trump has spent his career obsessing over his name. Well, that name is now being used as shorthand for racial taunts, and white nationalists are associating it with racial loyalty.

Branding expert, indeed.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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25 Responses to “The word “Trump” is now synonymous with “white power””

  1. FLL says:

    My comment on Saturday, Feb 27 at 8:30 pm, EST.

    Four counter-protesters have just been stabbed at a KKK rally in Annaheim, California on Saturday, with one listed in critical condition (links here from Reuters and here from Buzzfeed). I added a date stamp to my comment for convenience because I’m not going to try to second-guess anyone’s reaction or anyone’s opinion of what is the cause of this state of affairs. In fairness to bloggers and other commenters, I want to gauge the opinions of bloggers and commenters after they have the benefit of knowing about the recent events in Annaheim.

    I think that this may be the beginning of sporadic political violence of this kind. I will say that this is exactly the type of political violence that plagued Weimar Republic Germany in the years immediately leading to Hitler’s election in April, 1933. Jon, I think your readers would be curious to know your opinion of Saturday’s violence in Annaheim.

  2. Gerald Parks says:

    Hey Wildkitty …. you are spot on …however …I will add this…

    white privilege WAS “baked” into the cake so to speak.

    In 1776 the signers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence lived among Africans who were just as American as they were… who were NOT enslaved …they were called Freeman to make clear to everyone that not every African was enslaved.

    Many of these “signers” were in the business of enslaving human beings of African (Negro) decent … and codified into “LAW” …that enslaved Negros were the 3/5 of a person. At that time there were MORE Africans (Negros) in the South than there were “whites”.

    white AND African (Negro) landowners MALE could vote … no one else!

    The above information is in every high school American history book … a required subject for graduation from high school.

    The reason the GOP/Republican front runner “loves” whites” who are uneducated and high school drop outs is BECAUSE they are ignorant of this information.

    In addition …SS, Medicare, the GI Bill, VA loans for Housing in their beginnings were designed NOT to include African-Americans so that more “whites” could have these privileges.

    Redlining by banks was an outgrowth of the Federal governments lending practices regarding AFRICAN (Negro)-Americans and “whites”.

    As I said …”white” privilege was “baked” into the cake.

  3. 2karmanot says:

    Donny is now the WHITE Trumpenfuhrer

  4. Randy Riddle says:

    Don’t worry – some of his more extreme White Nationalist supporters will probably get t-shirts and hats made up with this slogan.

    Meanwhile, Trump will accept their support with a wink and a nudge.

    Remember not so long ago when the national and state Republican party soundly denounced racist David Duke? Those days are gone.

  5. Wildkitty says:

    And, since they all claim to be Constitutionalists, I can only assume that the ‘taking country back’ goes as far as the 18th century – when whites ruled this country! And lets not forget that it was ONLY white ‘landowners’ who ruled the rest of the country, I would bet my bottom dollar that THAT is how far back they want to go.

    WHITE PRILILEGE has been this country’s ‘unwritten and unspoken’ motto from it’s beginnings!! Consider this Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart exchange:-

  6. Gerald Parks says:

    You are right he should … but he doesn’t have to …the KKK, white supremacist groups, militias, 3%, etc are coming out of hiding and even doing robocalls for him.

    The MSM is reporting it AND there is NO outrage …none!

    AND THAT my fellow American ..IS not good!

    Not good at all …..

  7. Gerald Parks says:

    WHEN it comes???

    Jan 2009 a group of ELECTED officials meet at a restaurant in Washington DC and made a pact to not be an opposition Party to the duly ELECTED POTUS …but to BE an obstructionist Party.

    These ELECTED officials are leaders of the GOP/Republican Party which is now known as the Party of NO!

    The GOP/Republican Senator use the filibuster to obstruct the sitting POTUS more times than ALL the previous times in US history!

    The GOP/Republican Congressmen led the TWO worst performing Congress’ in US history.

    They also orchestrated a government shutdown (costing US taxpayers 24+ Billion dollars)

    And lowered the credit rating of US government (1st and ONLY time in US history).

    AND … today are obstructing the nomination of a SCOTUS replacement!

    It came and has been here since the ELECTION of the Blah eerrahhh BLACK errrrahh AFRICAN-American guy to the POTUS!

    His name is “different” too …President BARACK H. Obama!

    Go figure …”I want my country back!” and “Let’s make America great again!”

    Where’d that come from????

  8. FLL says:

    Trump should stop piddling around and just say “Make America white again.”

  9. Gerald Parks says:

    It goes something like this …white power! cough…cough …errraahhh … make America great again!

  10. Gerald Parks says:

    True THAT!

  11. Gerald Parks says:

    Well …well… well..white power! ..cough ..cough …make America great again!

    Has gone MSM …and the GOP/Republican front runners name is synonymous with ..white power! cough…errahhhh make America great again!

    Sooo let’s get this right … when the crowds enthusiastically shout white power…white power …white power ….we are really hearing the GOP front runners name …(3 times in this example)

    Ahhhhh …those wacky GOP/Republicans ….

  12. FLL says:

    And tonight, the grand prize for hypocritical asshattery on the part of Republican shills goes to…

    … (No, it doesn’t go to ham-handed attempts by any amateur Republican shills on Americablog comment pages. Very funny.) …

    …the grand prize goes to… for their screaming headline: Activists Crash Hillary Fundraiser… ‘You Called Black People Superpredators.’ (Here is the link.) Along with the article, the reader is treated to a graphic hawking a “Send Hillary to Prison” t-shirt. (“Get Yours!”) This from the teaparty folks who regularly distributed graphics depicting Obama and MIchelle as monkeys eating bananas. I think the grand prize for hypocrisy is well deserved here. But I suppose they think it’s all justified by the cause of trying to depress the Democratic vote in order to benefit the Republican ticket. I’m sure some people are shocked that I would suspect such a thing of Shocked, I tell you!

  13. FLL says:

    Excuse me while I gag but Trump is claiming that the IRS is unfairly singling him out for an audit he’s a “strong Christian.”

    “The one problem I have is that I’m always audited by the IRS, which I think is very unfair. I don’t know — maybe because of religion, maybe because of something else,” Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo in an interview after the debate. “Maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian and I feel strongly about it and maybe there’s a bias.”

    First he appears with Pat Robertson and shamelessly panders and now this. He’s mimicking the fundamentalist Christians that he’s pandering to by claiming that he’s being persecuted because he’s such a devout Christian. This is becoming a weird reboot of Nixon’s “southern strategy.” Trump is truly engaged in a race to the bottom.

  14. Doug105 says:

    And the republicans/christians regularly put KKK associate and noted hate group leader Tony Perkins on the air to push their views.

  15. FLL says:

    A quote from David Duke’s radio program in which he denounced white Republican voters who vote for either of the two Cuban candidates, Cruz or Rubio:

    “Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage,”

  16. Houndentenor says:

    This is just the latest in a long line of results from Nixon’s southern strategy. There’s nothing new here except that things are being said plainly rather than in dog whistles.

  17. FLL says:

    Anyone on the Democratic side, including Hillary, would go out of their way to renounce any ties with former KKK leader David Duke, that is, if Duke were endorsing one of the Democratic candidates and encouraging his followers to volunteer for the Democratic candidate. That is exactly what David Duke is doing right now on behalf of Trump. (See my comment below.)

    Note to Bill Perdue: If you’re waiting for The Donald to publicly renounce any ties with David Duke, and if you’re waiting for The Donald to say that he doesn’t need votes from the folks on Stormfront… I think you’ll be waiting a very long time.

  18. Zorba says:

    I hate to go all Godwin’s Law here, but it appears to be the case.
    “Trump” is becoming the synonym for racism, the way that “Santorum” became the synonym for….well, you know.

  19. BeccaM says:

    Bullshit, Bill.

  20. BeccaM says:

    This is what jackbooted fascism looks like when it comes to America.

  21. quivingheart says:


  22. nicho says:

    Seem to be? That ship has sailed.

  23. goulo says:

    That high school basketball story is depressing. Hateful troglodytes seem to be taking over the US. :(

  24. FLL says:

    You knew it was coming. Former KKK leader David Duke and his friends on Stormfront are rallying behind Trump’s campaign. Today’s Huffpo article (link here) includes this quote from David Duke:

    “Call Donald Trump’s headquarters [and] volunteer,” he said on the “David Duke Radio Program.” At Trump campaign offices, he said, “you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have.”

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