Romney quotes KKK slogan?

The interwebs are abuzz with blogs about Romney quoting the Nazi slogan “keep America American.” It’s the unfortunate coincidence that every candidate has nightmares about. The slogan was a catchphrase used by the Ku Klux Klan’s “Know Nothing Party.” Specifically in a book titled, “Why you should become a klansman: of interest to white, protestant, native born Americans who want to keep America American.”

People are using this as a way to condemn Romney’s campaign. And yes, he totally made a mistake here. But he started using this phrase months ago, and we are just now catching this. If the entire society of bloggers that consume the world of the internet did not catch this phrase until now, is it unreasonable to believe that the Romney camp didn’t catch it before he started using it?

I just don’t buy that this is some larger message for Romney’s campaign. It took me about 20 minutes of googling that phrase in quotation marks to find the actual book mentioned in Google Books, much less the context. Basically, this isn’t common knowledge. Does it have a good connotation? Absolutely not, it’s vile. Should he have used it? No. But why does this one phrase Romney used on accident necessitate several dozen blogs condemning the man?

I mean, listen to what he’s saying. He’s clearly using this in the context of the free market. Is it well done? No, but he certainly isn’t advocating the ban of Jewish immigrants, as the KKK was when they used that slogan.

Take what you want out of it. But if you are using to call the Mormon in the race a wanna-be Klansman, I think you’re nuts.

And even if you are just complaining about this to complain about it, it’s pointless. Tons of politicians make flubs on a daily basis. Focusing on them only decreases the amount of time you are able to spend on the actual issues of the campaign. Mention it, let the Romney campaign take it out of the rotation and move on.

12/14 UPDATE

Turns out we’re all fussin’ around for nothing. A blog titled “Mitt Romney is using a KKK slogan in his speeches” from the Washington Post, where we all initially got our information, is false.

An editors note posted today says:

This posting contains multiple, serious factual errors that undermine its premise. Mitt Romney is not using “Keep America American,” which was once a KKK slogan, as a catchphrase in stump speeches, as the posting and headline stated. In a YouTube video that the posting said showed Romney using the phrase, Romney actually used a different phrase, “Keep America America.” Further, the video that the blog posting labelled “Mitt Romney 2012 Campaign Ad” is not actually a Romney campaign ad. The video itself states “Mitt Romney does not actually support this ad.” The posting cited accounts of Romney saying “keep America American” at an appearance last week. Independent video from the event shows him saying “Keep America America.” The Post should have contacted the Romney campaign for comment before publication. Finally, we apologize that the posting began by saying “[s]omeone didn’t do his research” when, in fact, we had not done ours.”

Yikes.

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