Donald Trump has been in the public eye much longer than I (Matt Palumbo) have been alive, yet it wasn’t until he decided to run for president as a Republican that he faced accusations of racism. Footage surfaced the other day from 1999 showing Jesse Jackson praising Donald Trump for being someone who pushed for diversity and inclusivity. “I do want to thank you, Donald Trump, for being with us tonight,” Jackson said in the speech. “We need your building skills, your gusto for people on Wall Street to represent diversity.” Jackson went on to state that Trump’s success is “beyond argument,” although, he noted, “one can miss his seriousness and his commitment.”
And just the other week, Jesse Jackson penned a piece in the Chicago Sun Times claiming that Trump has a “personal history of racial bigotry.” Weird how he transformed into a racist in Jackson’s eyes right as he ran for president as a Republican.
Bill Clinton was caught in a similar act of hypocrisy today, when he blasted Trump for using the exact same slogan he once did. As Fox News reported: Former President Bill Clinton might want to keep the racism accusations to himself from now on — after ripping Donald Trump for a slogan he’s used repeatedly since his ‘Comeback Kid’ days.
The 42nd president on Wednesday, while stumping in Orlando for Hillary Clinton, suggested Trump’s campaign rallying cry, “Make America Great Again,” is racist code.
“I’m actually old enough to remember the good old days, and they weren’t all that good in many ways,” Clinton said. “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?”
The crowd roared as Clinton continued. “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,’” he said.The problem is, Clinton himself has used the same phrase several times in the past.
He used it repeatedly while running for president in 1991 and 1992, declaring at one Little Rock, Ark., event, “Together, we can make America great again.”And in a campaign ad for his wife in 2008, Bill Clinton said, “It’s time for another comeback, time to make America great again.”
Not only are the slogans the same, Bill Clinton once sounded identically to Donald Trump on the issue of immigration.
In fact, it’s beginning to seem like Bill Clinton has more in common with Trump than Hillary.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]