At a recent event, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared before a banner reading “Promises Made. Promises Kept.” If the slogan sounds familiar, it’s because President Trump has been previewing it as a re-election catchphrase.
Tuesday morning, Trump took to Twitter and accused De Blasio of thievery:
Bill DeBlasio, the high taxing Mayor of NYC, just stole my campaign slogan: PROMISES MADE PROMISES KEPT! That’s not at all nice. No imagination! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2018
Trump is throwing some big stones for a man who lives in a glass house. After all, the 45th president is a serial campaign slogan thief.
Trump infamously lifted his marquee slogan, “Make America Great Again,” from a Ronald Reagan campaign poster, which read, “Let’s make America great again.”
And, as Nancy Pelosi recalled in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Trump purloined one of his favorite campaign phrases from her: “’Drain the swamp.’ That was ours. [Trump] stole it from us, ‘End the culture of cronyism, incompetence and corruption.’ That was our thing,” Pelosi said. (Click here for receipts from 2006.)
Those aren’t the only examples.
The president’s theme “America First” was first used by the noxious, nativist and bigoted “America First Committee” before the second World War, which was accused of sympathizing with the Nazis. Although this might appear another clear case of theft, in retrospect, it could also be understood more admirably: As example of full disclosure by the 2016 Trump campaign.