Certain slogans have become synonymous with the Trump administration. MAGA is an acronym most Americans know stands for Trump’s campaign promise to “Make America Great Again”.
Another Trump rally standard? Leading the crowd to chant “Build A Wall” then later, after his electoral college win, “Build the Wall.”
Seen less often as a slogan is “America First” however it is the stance the president and members of his administration claim to be following in regard to foreign policy and immigration reform.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2018
But was President Donald Trump the first person to use these slogans or chants at rallies? Actor Topher Grace recently pointed out he was not.
That distinction goes to another infamous American figure, also well known for his rousing rallies. Grace credits Ku Klux Klan (KKK) Grand Wizard David Duke for starting the “Build A Wall” chant. He also credited Duke and his white nationalist movement with originating the slogans “Make America Great Again” and “America First”.
Grace plays Duke in Spike Lee’s latest film BlacKkKlansman. The actor read one of Duke’s books to prepare for the role.
During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter promoting Lee’s film, Grace remarked “…he (Duke) just kept using hot-button words like ‘America first’ and ‘make America great again’.”
Now David Duke has responded to that interview, with an image of Grace and the question “Will David Duke Sue Donald Trump for Intellectual Property Theft?”. Duke says he will not sue, unless the president reneges on the promises Duke claims Trump made to white nationalists.
A publication quotes Topher Grace if I will sue Donald Trump for Intellectual theft of the political slogans he copied from my campaigns. Not unless he fails to stand up to the Zio Deep Swamp State who wants to destroy our nation and destroy him… We want what you promised us! pic.twitter.com/GbWlv907gX
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) May 27, 2018
This isn’t the first time someone made the connection between the president’s message and that of white supremacists. It’s a criticism that lead to questions about Trump’s potential relationship with Duke during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump denied knowing who Duke is. When told the former Klan leader endorsed him, Trump repudiated the endorsement during an interview only because it “would make you feel better.”
The president is not the first member of his family with potential ties to the KKK. His father attended a rally in New York and was arrested there. It is unknown if Trump the elder joined the white supremacist organization.
However he also takes Trump to task frequently for not living up to what Duke considers their shared agenda, complete with often racist or antisemitic memes.
Trump: You Campaigned on America First – Break that Promise & You Will Lose Us!
After one year Trump’s only major legislative accomplishment is a tax cut drafted by Make America Cuck Again Republicans. Meanwhile, neocons have hijacked his foreign policy –https://t.co/MKKsUT5aQJ pic.twitter.com/BUIVZ6v9Ep
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) January 4, 2018
Prez Trump — is this the AMERICA FIRST You Promised? Folks – choose the Meme you like the most of these two and retweet it forever! pic.twitter.com/BZcPhpon5w
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) September 19, 2017
Response to Duke’s claim he will sue Trump if he fails to keep his promises was immediate, but not all of it was negative.
This is a grate idea .Yes U should sue him & during that procedure getting your message loud & clear to Americans of how they have been conned by another puppet of Israel , how their young boys & girls R tricked to fight Israel ‘s wars . U will have at least half of US behind U.
— SHAPARAK (@SHEKOFEHH) May 28, 2018
I wish you had more intelligent things to say. Then you might be interesting. But alas…this is what we have to read.
— Jabronie (@BrowntownSLC) May 28, 2018
I think he’s just jealous of your muscles
— Noah 🇮🇹 Rodrigues (@NoahMRodrigues) May 29, 2018
— FROSTBITE (@WarchildsEcho) May 29, 2018
He didn’t read your book. He would be woke then. He’s not woke.
— Cody (@realcody56) May 27, 2018
What exactly did he promise you? To make America white again? The only one destroying our nation are people like you that think whites are superior to all other races.
— Garywdfld (@andygh26) May 28, 2018
😇 Amen 🙏🙏🙏
— TeresaMaesKoeckhoven (@TKoeckhoven) May 27, 2018
Has been, trying to be relevant……..
— Tessysue https://gab.ai/Tessysue (@Tessysue125) May 29, 2018
No official response from the president or the White House was made as of Tuesday morning.