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Editorial Commentary: Ken Ciboski

Ciboski: What Does MAGA Really Mean?


Have individuals who wear the red cap with the letters MAGA stamped on it and representing Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” asked themselves what that means?

When, according to Donald Trump, was America great? Was it during the Nineteenth Century when the black population was enslaved? Was it during the time known as the Jim Crow era when black Americans in the South were not allowed to vote? In a November 18, 2016, Hollywood Reporter interview, Steve Bannon, then the strategic manager of the Trump campaign, may have provided a clue. He said that what was to come would be comparable to the 1930s, which, of course, was a time when the United States had many sympathizers for fascism.

The “Make America Great Again” slogan seems like a fascistic device employed by Trump and similar to the use of mythical pasts by the fascist leaders of Germany and Italy, Hitler and Mussolini, respectively, which did not reflect reality.