For the past two years, these four words have terrorized anyone who was against Donald Trump, and I am in that camp. For the past two years, I have thought long and hard as to what Donald Trump actually meant by “Make America Great Again,” and I think I might have an answer. You see, one of the things that I often hear people of the older generations talk about is how they miss the days where they were growing up; the years where they were teenagers. Donald Trump was a teenager in the 1960’s, and, now that I think about it, that’s what it seems like we are at in 2017. In the 1960’s, America was a place where the KKK was rampant, racism was alive and well in the United States, and nuclear war was imminent. In 2017, the KKK is rampant, racism is alive and well, and nuclear war is imminent. In the 1960s, people were killed for protesting against racism. In 2017, people are being killed for protesting against racism. In the 1960s, Donald Trump was a coward. In 2017, Donald Trump is a coward. In the 1960s, we had a president who targeted the media, hoping to spread mistrust in the media (Nixon). In 2017, we have a president who targets the media, hoping to spread mistrust in the media.
So, I may have figured it out. When Donald Trump said he wanted to make America Great Again, he wanted to make America be like the 1960s.