At a North Carolina Rally on Wednesday, Trump invoked a KKK slogan, “love it or leave it,” reports SBS News. He began by talking about the four Democratic congresswomen he referenced in controversial Sunday tweets, in which he said the women should “go back” to other countries. During the rally, Trump’s supporters echoed his sentiments, calling for the women to be “sent back.”
“Let ’em leave,” Trump said of the women. “They’re always telling us how to run it, how to do this, how to do that. You know what? If they don’t love it, tell ’em to leave it.”
“Love it or leave it” is a slogan from the KKK in North Carolina, according to Australian National University US politics expert Jennifer Hunt.
Hunt grew up in North Carolina. She said the slogan was used by the KKK long ago when the organization was said to be fighting “communism and integration.”
“I remember seeing signs as a child, ‘Welcome to Klan country … love it or leave it,” she said.
When Trump made his “love it or leave it” speech, the crowd shouted back, “leave it!”
“We have white nationalists that are celebrating this president and saying he supports our message and ‘finally have our man in the White House’," Hunt said.
She adds, “how Republicans and how the American public responds to that tells us less about Trump, more about ourselves.”
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