Mitt Romney’s Campaign Adopts Ku Klux Klan Slogan

Mitt Romney’s Campaign Adopts Ku Klux Klan Slogan

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has inadvertently adopted an old Ku Klux Klan slogan used to recruit racists to the organization.

Published December 14, 2011

Political candidates like to adopt catchy slogans to push their campaigns in the spotlight. Former presidential candidate Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan helped catapult him to the head of the Republican field. But a phrase adopted by Mitt Romney is starting to raise eyebrows.


The candidate, who likes to accuse President Obama of trying to turn the U.S. into a “European-style nation,” frequently employs the expression “Keep America American” on the campaign trail and in ads to contrast his positions. The trouble is, as Americablog has uncovered, it’s also an expression that was used by the racist Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s to promote hate against Blacks, Jews and others.


According to a pamphlet unearthed by the website Booman Tribune, the KKK used it to attract recruits to the racist organization. The tome, Why You Should Become a Klansman, described the group as being “of interest to white, protestant, native-born Americans who want to keep America American.”


Considering the racist history of the term, Romney should consider using something more inclusive.


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Written by Joyce Jones


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