You can’t make this stuff up! Former president Bill Clinton suggested racial overtones were behind Donald Trump’s famous slogan: “Make America Great Again.” There’s just one problem. Clinton used those exact words in his own campaign in 1992 and in promoting Hillary Clinton’s run in 2008 – against an African-American candidate named Barack Obama.
The 42nd president said it last Wednesday, while stumping in Orlando for Hillary, suggesting Trump’s campaign rallying cry is racist code. “I’m actually old enough to remember the good old days, and they weren’t all that good in many ways,” he told the crowd. “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.'”
The problem is, Clinton himself used the same phrase – several times in the past. He used it repeatedly while running for president in 1991 and 1992, beginning with a rally in Little Rock, Arkansas. He said, “Together, we can make America great again.”
In 2008, he said, “It’s time for another comeback, time to make America great again,” while introducing Hillary.
The Trump campaign was quick to respond. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway pointed to the inconvenient footage in calling the former president’s allegations about Trump’s slogan a “disgrace.” She said, “That performance is really something. Bill Clinton is known as a very strong campaigner, a great voice in politics – but not this cycle.”