Make America Great Again

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Donald Trump's version of the slogan

"Make America Great Again" is a common campaign slogan used by American politicians. It was first used by Ronald Reagan during his 1980 presidential campaign.[1]

History

A "Let's Make America Great Again" pin button from Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign.

The term was created in 1979[1] during a time in which the United States was suffering from a worsening economy at home marked by high unemployment and inflation.[2] The phrase "Let's Make America Great Again" appeared on buttons and posters during Reagan's 1980 campaign.[3] Usually when the term is used, people use it as a reference to the Presidency of Ronald Reagan.[4][5]

Since Reagan left office, the slogan has been used by a variety of politicians.[citation needed] Donald Trump applied to trademark the slogan for his 2016 campaign.[6][7] Trump popularized the slogan by wearing hats bearing the phrase early in his campaign.[8] Despite Trump trademarking the slogan, it has been used in speeches by other 2016 candidates, such as Ted Cruz and Scott Walker.

In popular culture

Senator Armstrong, a character from the 2013 video game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, used the slogan in an in-game cut-scene.[9] The slogan was spoofed by the animated comedy series South Park, in the episode "Where My Country Gone?" supporters of Mr. Garrison, who ran a campaign similar to Trump's, are seen holding signs bearing the slogan.[10] The title of Fall Out Boy's remix album Make America Psycho Again references the slogan.[11] Comedian David Cross took part in a stand-up tour titled "Making America Great Again".[12]

Critics who argue that Trump's campaign is racist offered the satirical slogan, "Make America White Again",[13] while Ted Cruz sold hats featuring "Make Trump Debate Again" in response to Trump boycotting the Iowa January 28, 2016 debate.[14]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 David Martosko (May 12, 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: Trump trademarked slogan 'Make America Great Again' just DAYS after the 2012 election and says Ted Cruz has agreed not to use it again after Scott Walker booms it TWICE in speech". Daily Mail.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Ronald Reagan's Classic 1980 Campaign Poster Challenges Voters, "Let's Make America Great Again"". Iagreetosee.com. Retrieved August 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Matt Taibbi (March 25, 2015). "Donald Trump Claims Authorship of Legendary Reagan Slogan; Has Never Heard of Google". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 27, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Trump: The Last Time America Was Great Was During the Reagan Administration [VIDEO]". Daily Caller.com. Retrieved August 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Presidential Politics, 20th Century Style: Reagan-Carter". MHHE.com. Retrieved August 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Donald Trump trademarked "Make America Great Again"". Business Insider.com. Retrieved August 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Trump Is No Reagan". Realclearpolitic.com. Retrieved August 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Why Donald Trump has given up on the hat". The Washington Post. January 25, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Make America Great Again - YouTube
  10. "'South Park' Depicts the Brutal Rape of Donald Trump". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Fall Out Boy Shares Disney 'Jungle Book' Cover, Plots Rapper-Filled Remix Album". Billboard. October 23, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Dan Snierson (January 5, 2016). "David Cross announces 'Making America Great Again!' nationwide stand-up tour". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 28, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Donald Trump's Plan to Make America White Again". The Huffington Post. November 12, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Bradford Richardson (January 27, 2016). "Cruz sells 'Make Trump Debate Again' hats". The Hill. Retrieved January 27, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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