Trump’s law-and-or­der shout-out

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ron Me­ser­vey, Columbia

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.

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