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.@Alyssa_Milano makes a strong point about the connection between @realDonaldTrump 's #MAGA hats and KKK white hoods. It's a point that can't be ignored. (thread)
If MAGA hats are not analogous in many ways to the Klan's white hoods, why does former KKK grand wizard David Duke hold the #MAGA hat boy out as a symbol to rally around by having his picture on his Twitter header?

#resist #trump
If MAGA hats are not deeply connected to the KKK, why did David Duke say that he and @realDonaldTrump share the same message?


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.@realDonaldTrump 's other slogan, "America First," has a deeply racist past connected to the KKK. Here, for example, is a picture of KKK members marching with the slogan.

The slogan "America First" can even be found on disgusting KKK tokens.

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People who claim @realDonaldTrump isn't racist, pointing to his ocassional disavowals of bigots, also overlook the fact that notorious bigots have co-opted language of equality and diversity. Here, former KKK grand wizard David Duke spins himself as a man for "diversity."
Just like a wolf in sheep's clothing, people like Trump and David Duke spinning themselves as for "diversity" does not make them less racist. This spin provides ideological camouflage to hide their bigotry in plain sight.

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Symbols of racism and hate are in a state of constant change, some rising or falling in popularity. For many white supremacists, the #MAGA hat can be a new sign of hate they can wear publicly with ability to deny its meaning to many.

.@Alyssa_Milano is also not the first person to make the connection between Trump's #MAGA hats and KKK white hoods.


#resist #trump
There is a reason why #MAGA hats have been worn at white supremacist rallies.

A difference between KKK white hoods and Trump #MAGA hats, beyond the color and structure, is that many people wearing the MAGA hats do not feel they are racist. But because politicians don't come in pieces, simply wearing the hat still means supporting a racist.

Meany wearing Trump #MAGA hats may claim they are not racist, but even some members of the KKK have taken to claiming they are "not" racist.


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In reality, white supremacists claiming they are "not" racist gives them a means to hold their racist views and benefit from white privilege by making their white supremacy less open to challenge. This helps insulate racists and maintains white privilege. #trump
.@realDonaldTrump uses the same messaging to sell his border wall and attack immigrants as the KKK uses to recruit new members. With David Duke saying he and Trump share the same message, it is clear #MAGA hats, like white hoods, help carry that message.

The KKK claiming they are not a hate group does not make them less hateful. In the same way, Trump supporters who are racist claiming they are not racist does not make them less racist.

The KKK have even used @realDonaldTrump 's name on their fliers, praising him.

If #MAGA hats are not analogous in many ways to KKK white hoods, why did David Duke say he and Trump share the same message, why do KKK members wear his hats, and why does the KKK use Trump's name to recruit people?


#resist #trump
This is a KKK flier that uses the same messaging Trump uses to push his racist vanity wall and which he used to push his Muslim ban.


#EndTheShutdown #trump #MuslimBan
It's no coincidence that both the KKK and Trump have attacked immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and transgender people. David Duke was right when he said that he and Trump share the same message.


#resist #trump #TrumpShutdown #TransMilitaryBan #lgbt
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