Trump’s law-and-order shout-out
I’m surprised that I’ve not yet heard or read any commentary in The Sun or elsewhere on Monday night’s presidential debate that truly recognized the significance of Donald Trump’s use of the phrase “law and order” as the answer to police killings of young black men (“Trump’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ fallacy,” Sept. 28).
I’m old enough to remember that “law and order” was a code term or “dog whistle” used frequently by Alabama Gov. George Wallace in his 1968 and 1972 presidential campaigns and by other opponents of the Civil Rights Movement. The “law” referred to was Jim Crow law and the “order” was white supremacy.
Since Mr. Trump repeated the phrase loudly several times, it seems reasonable to conclude that he intended to reassure white supremacist hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan that he is their man.