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FLASHBACK: Presidents Clinton and Reagan used MAGA as a slogan, too

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January 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The ridiculous fuss around the Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats has reached epic proportions. The enormity of the insanity can only be appreciated once you realize that the slogan was first used by President Ronald Reagan and also by Bill Clinton.

It was Clinton, however, who during his wife’s campaign associated the slogan with racism – despite the fact that he himself had used it as a presidential candidate.

Clinton used the slogan in 1991 launching his first presidential campaign. “I believe that together we can make America great again,” he said, as can be verified in this footage.

Wikipedia tells us that “Let's Make America Great Again" was first used in President Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign.

To no one’s surprise, though, it was former President Bill Clinton who made the false association of MAGA with racism while campaigning for his wife decades later. “I’m actually old enough to remember the good old days, and they weren’t all that good in many ways,” Clinton said at a rally in Orlando. “That message where ‘I’ll give you America great again’ is if you’re a white Southerner, you know exactly what it means, don’t you?”

The thought that pro-life Catholic teens can be vilified by much of the nation simply for donning a hat that has the slogan that Bill Clinton himself used in his presidency is beyond the pale. And the same crowd that is condemning the Covington youth for the MAGA hats are fully supportive of radical and vulgar “P-hats.”

The same folks who are attacking the Covington boys suggest that women can wear whatever they want and it doesn’t mean a thing. Yet when teen youth wear a hat which was the slogan for a president they support it means they are “asking” for the hatred and physical threats and violence they “deserve.” Unbelievable.

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John-Henry Westen

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.  

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.  

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.