Update: Snopes points out that Romney has in fact been using the phrase “Keep America America.” A harmless variation? Meaningless historical coincidence? Decide for yourself…
Not that the GOP is subliminally race baiting or anything, but Mitt Romney is urging the public to vote out Obama and thus (borrowing a classic KKK catchphrase) “keep America American.” Via the Huffington Post:
On Tuesday, political commenters reported that one of Romney’s go-to campaign catch-phrases, “Keep America American,” was a central theme of Ku Klux Klan publications in the 1920s, and served as a rallying cry for the white supremacist group’s campaign of violence and intimidation against black Americans, as well as Catholics, gay people and Jews.
The progressive Americablog first posted examples of the overlap. Americablog includes a video of Romney speaking, in which he certainly sounds like he’s using the slogan. Romney is also quoted in an L.A. Times piece repeating the phrase.
The slogan was first used in the 1850s by members of the anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic movement called the “Know Nothing Party.”