Someday MAGA hats will be shameful secrets, like Klan robes

❝ Donald Trump’s values and beliefs may appear incoherent, but they are not a buffet or à la carte meal from which a person can pick and choose from. Rather, they are a nasty, incestuous knot that cannot be easily untangled. Ultimately, to wear Donald Trump’s MAGA hats or his other regalia is to share and endorse his racism, sexism, nativism, bigotry and anti-social behavior. To utter the words “Make America Great Again” with no sense of irony or foreboding is to announce one’s betrayal of human decency and distrust of democracy.

❝ How do Trump’s MAGA hats and other clothing and slogans help to create a sense of political community for his followers? Is “Make America Great Again” an implicit threat against nonwhites, Muslims and others that he and his followers deem to be a type of enemy Other? Does Trumpism represent larger cultural battles in America about the role of academics, teachers, intellectuals and other experts in public life? Should Trump’s supporters be held morally accountable for their political decision-making and the harm that they are causing to American society?

❝ If you look at the reasons that Trump and his movement actually believe (and often explicitly say) that American is not great any longer, it’s because there’s now too many nonwhite immigrants. America for Trump and his supporters is no longer great because black people have too many rights or there are too many women in the workplace.

Trump and his MAGA hats and slogans and policies are also connected to things like the Muslim ban, building the wall, calling Mexicans rapists and saying the terrorists are crossing into the border among these caravans from Guatemala. The obvious conclusion is hard to escape. It takes a certain kind of willful denial and willful ignorance to wear a MAGA hat and assume that you’re not conveying all those values and beliefs.

RTFA if you need reinforcing arguments for the concept. Actually, if you have the habit of reading science-based articles, verifiable material reality – it’s just one more good source to give to your friends who haven’t the habit.

7 thoughts on “Someday MAGA hats will be shameful secrets, like Klan robes

  1. Throwback says:

    “Alabama newspaper editor calls on KKK to lynch Democrats” (BBC News 2/19/19) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47295551
    “Klan needs to ride again” by Goodloe Sutton, editor and publisher of the Democrat-Reporter in Linden, Alabama (Feb 2nd, 2019) https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/02/18/PMOY/488f5bf3-a6a2-4b0b-8257-e2aacc1ff1f3-klan.JPG?width=540&height=&fit=bounds&auto=webp
    Among other things Mr. Sutton claims that “Slaves, just freed after the civil war, were not stupid. At times the borrowed their former master’s robes and horse and rode through the night to frighten some evil doer. Sometimes they had to kill one or two of them, but so what.”

  2. Hats off says:

    “The family of the Kentucky teen who was involved in an encounter with a Native American advocate at the Lincoln Memorial last month filed a defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post on Tuesday, seeking $250 million in damages for its coverage of the incident.
    The suit alleges that The Post “targeted and bullied” 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann in order to embarrass President Trump. Sandmann was one of a number of students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky who were wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats during a trip to the Mall when they encountered Nathan Phillips, a Native American activist.”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-washington-post-sued-by-family-of-covington-catholic-teenager/2019/02/19/aa252be4-349c-11e9-854a-7a14d7fec96a_story.html?utm_term=.2c01da516261&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

  3. Safe Space™ says:

    “Need a ‘safe’ place to wear your MAGA hat? A new app will help conservatives find one.” (Washington Post 3/12/19) https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/03/11/need-safe-place-wear-your-maga-hat-new-app-will-help-conservatives-find-one/?utm_term=.43f1660f7813&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1 “Finally, I am able to avoid places which don’t respect America and [the] US Constitution. Eat your heart out, snowflakes,” wrote one user, who rated the app five stars.
    See also: “Yelp, but for MAGA” turns red over security disclosure, threatens researcher
    63Red Safe app—a “Green Book” for conservatives—left APIs exposed. (Ars Technica 3/12/19) https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/03/yelp-but-for-maga-turns-red-over-security-disclosure-threatens-researcher/

  4. Puzzling Evidence says:

    A Jewish supporter of President Donald Trump listens as the president addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas on Saturday.

  5. Blowback says:

    Palo Alto woman who harassed man in MAGA hat is reported as missing https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/Palo-Alto-woman-MAGA-hat-Starbucks-missing-person-13782547.php Reportedly “As a result of publicity surrounding her actions, she and her family members were doxxed (had personal contact revealed to encourage threats and harassment) on right-wing social media and internet channels [and] she and her family have received multiple death threats and other threats of injury and harm, and is losing her employment.”
    In an interview with FOX KTVU News on April 3, the Trump supporter – who gave his name only as Victor – said those criticizing people for wearing the red hat have ‘Trump derangement syndrome.’ He added: ‘If you cant tell the difference between a Make America Great hat and a hat that’s a Nazi hat or a Ku Klux Klan hat, I would say you are deranged.’ http://www.ktvu.com/news/ktvu-local-news/elderly-man-bullied-in-palo-alto-for-wearing-maga-hat

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