He took Trump’s message a step further.
Donald Trump has bullied his way to becoming the presumptive Republican nominee by making offensive statements about Hispanics, Muslims, African-Americans, and women. Whereas in the past, Republicans resorted to “dog whistle” code words to gain the support of white racists, Trump has unapologetically wore his racism on his sleeve. The fact that these disgusting race-baiting tactics have propelled Trump towards the Republican nomination has many fearing that it will lead to more politicians openly promoting racist agendas. Now, it looks like it’s starting to happen in Tennessee.
Rick Tyler, a candidate for the 3rd Congressional District in northern Tennessee, recently erected a billboard alongside Highway 411 in Polk County that says “MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN.” The billboard features photos of a smiling white family, a young white girl in a prairie dress praying, pilgrims, and what appears to be George Washington kneeling and praying by a horse. In a Facebook post, Tyler said his ad represents “An America where doors were left unlocked, violent crime was a mere fraction of today’s rate of occurrence, there were no car jackings, home invasions, Islamic Mosques or radical Jihadist sleeper cells.”
If Tyler’s billboard was asking for America to return to a time when it was 100-percent white, that period never existed. Given our history of slavery and the fact that Native Americans were here first, America was never been all white. Even more evil would be if his billboard was a calling for the eradication of non-whites from the country altogether. But, we may never know what Tyler’s end goal is, his one billboard was removed Tuesday and the candidate has yet to confirm why.