The Big Book of Racial Code Words grew exponentially during the 2012 race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, incorporating words like “aloof,” “chair,” “kitchen cabinet,” “breadbasket,” and more. It was recently expanded to include “empty barrel,” a supposed racial attack on Rep. Frederica Wilson by Gen. John Kelly.
The Daily Caller noted this week that MSNBC’s Christopher Hayes took note of a racial dog-whistle in one of President Trump’s tweets:
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 27, 2017
No it isn't. That was "superpredator". https://t.co/XwppbTLOG7
— Evil Red Kid (@_SOURKIDZ_) October 27, 2017
Yes, Trump did say that Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie is “strong on crime.”
Ed Gillespie will turn the really bad Virginia economy #'s around, and fast. Strong on crime, he might even save our great statues/heritage!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2017
But that’s not all; note that in the same tweet, Trump also spoke of Gillespie saving “our great statues/heritage” — and we all know how racist that heritage is.
It’s perfect because “strong on crime” and “save our great statues/heritage” mean exactly the same thing. https://t.co/xH3G5IpmGJ
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 26, 2017
Sure they do, Chris.
— mediacritic (@mediacritik) October 28, 2017
A dog whistle for who? It seems it's a dog whistle pointing to Chris Hayes thoughts on "crime." Trump didn't mention race. Hayes did. https://t.co/vwj5NYhybo
— Madhatter (@siriuskathleen1) October 27, 2017
If you're hearing dog whistles, you're the dog https://t.co/3zHhiqIIR5
— QC Examiner (@QCExaminer) October 27, 2017
Why is it when Chris Hayes hears crime he thinks of people of color? Why does he hear a "dog whistle" nobody else hears? Racist much? https://t.co/MLCXCMKGnI
— Mexican by Marriage (@wsheeder) October 27, 2017
Are you saying black people commit more crimes? That seems mildly racist. https://t.co/Fz7J8EyitG
— Colin Gorton (@colingorton98) October 28, 2017
In Chris Hayes’s world, Criminal = Black person. https://t.co/5utdubTVMJ
— Gerald Dearing ن (@nofixedabode) October 27, 2017
Everything is a dog whistle to the left. Strong on crime means to
enforce the law which every sane American would want.
— eddie otis (@eddieotis1) October 27, 2017
Left wants to make any Trump phrase racial. It's an attempt to silence him. https://t.co/ixEDac5U9u
— David Morgan (@StarCoreOne02) October 27, 2017
Chris Hayes is a "super predator" https://t.co/nXXl2s5Tod
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) October 28, 2017
Chris lives in a security guarded building in NY….. https://t.co/r4qdzlu6Na
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) October 28, 2017
Chris using armed security’s a “fear of the other” racial dog whistle.
— Matthew D. Dempster (@dempstermd) October 28, 2017
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ENOUGH ALREADY! Dem Rep. Wilson claims Kelly's 'empty barrel' comment was RACIST (video) https://t.co/IFpqK0stdY
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 20, 2017