Anyone Else See this Trump Flyer in the Express Yesterday?

by Prince Of Petworth February 25, 2016 at 11:05 am 88 Comments

Trump Flier

“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday morning when I picked up my copy of the Express in Old Town, I found this Trump flier (photo attached) inside it. Is Trump advertising in the Express now? I didn’t think they sold political ads. Anyway, it was weird to find a partisan (and borderline racist) advertisement a general-interest newspaper.

Thought you might find this interesting. There’s just something a little disturbing about it.”

  • Anonomnom

    Holy Hell…. I can’t even believe this is real.

    • sproc

      I can. That is pr0n to the folks at his rallies.

    • FtLincolnLove

      I have grave concerns.

  • Rebecca

    I am looking forward to voting for Trump. Half Hispanic/Half White DC Resident.

    FWIW, I am tired of the same old weak leadership bending over to illegal immigrants and other countries. Let’s make America tough, we are looking soft since the 1980’s

    • dcdude

      Illegal immigration has actually decreased under Obama. He’s the first modern President to reverse that trend. But yeah, whatever. Have fun building that wall…

      • we have net negative migration from Mexico, illegal and legal. But facts are worthless!

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      LOL, I believe President Obama has deported more illegal immigrants than any other President, but yeah!

      • textdoc

        Yep — by a VERY large margin.

      • textdoc

        Hmm… I’m not sure that I’d say it’s racist per se, but it’s definitely reactionary (i.e., beyond conservative) — it idealizes the 1950s and suggests we should return to them. So, implicitly it’s suggesting that America was “better” before civil rights, women’s rights, etc., etc., and presents the churchgoing white nuclear family as the ideal.

        • textdoc

          Oops… I meant to post that second comment as a comment unto itself, not a reply to Formerly PVR.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, it’s been too long since we seriously f’ed up some minorities. I don’t mean minor profiling, I mean full on government run genocide! Let’s show the world we’re TOUGH.
      Vote TRUMP

    • anon

      I agree – it’s time to stop bending over to illegal immigrants! They’re stealing our jobs! Just last week, I tried to get a job as a restaurant dishwasher and they gave it to an illegal. And last summer, I applied to work in the fields picking vegetables but they wouldn’t hire me because, well, immigrants! Down with immigrants! Let’s make this country great again! Let’s get back to the good ole days of ‘Merica, when only the original ‘Mericans were here!

  • wobber

    what is on the other side?

    • [rrrrr]

      +1 From the front doesn’t look like it’s actually from the campaign. Doesn’t answer who’s behind it or why.

  • bll

    I don’t get the express so I haven’t seen it, but my husband’s friends in Vermont received robocalls from American National Super PAC founder William Daniel Johnson urging people to vote for Trump. Johnson is a white supremacist.

  • Rebecca

    Does anyone have a picture of the back? I want to see who paid for this ad.

  • LMatt_in_NE

    Looks like they spelled “Whiter” wrong. It’s a common mistake among Trump supporters.

    • jdc

      I came here to say exactly this…well played

    • Pawsh

      Trump’s campaign often misspells words in their materials on purpose to get broader coverage on social media. Works every time.

  • Truxton Thomas

    Sure looks like the future to me. Are we sure this isn’t a joke?

  • shaw

    What exactly is “racist” about it? That the people pictured appear to be white? Since when is even showing a white person “racist”? Not every ad on the planet has to look like it was put out by the United Colors of Benetton….

    • Jennifer


    • sproc

      The painting itself is fine, but context is everything.

      • stacksp


      • sproc

        As a vignette of the 50s it’s fine. Once you declare it’s a vision of a “brighter [read: whiter] future” it’s awful.

        • textdoc

          And to talk about the future using an image from the past — and one from circa 60 years ago — is a little weird.

      • BMouse


    • [rrrrr]

      Not OP but I feel like borderline is a fair assessment. Hearkening back to a past that was anything but bright for anyone not pictured in the ad is certainly going to be insensitive to a lot of folks. Stretch it a little more and brighter sounds like whiter you could see how someone might fall down that rabbit hole, intentionally or not.

      There was a great video I saw once about how you should never say someone is a racist because of a single thing they said. The better thing to do is to say, that sounds racist (or sexist or agist or whatever) to me. The person can still try and explain themselves, but you’re owning the fact that it’s your own judgement of the situation without putting it all on the character of the person.

      • Kingman Park

        “you’re owning the fact that it’s your own judgement of the situation without putting it all on the character of the person”. Good luck getting the Social Justice Warriors on board with that one.

        • dupont

          I think alot of people nowadays (SJWs mostly) would rather jump a terrible conclusion and see someone get tarred and feathered than actually listen to a dialogue.

      • markus

        Ugh. I hate trump but I am sick of this type of logic as well. Just because some bad sh*t was going on in the past, doesn’t mean that everything was terrible. Racism and bigotry sucked, but there was much that was better too (and I’m a 20 yo millennial). Let’s stop with the a “few things needs to change” so “everything needs to change” bs. Now isn’t perfect either, does that mean we shouldn’t celebrate what is right – or fix some wrongs just to be cool with others.

        Lower crime, less broken families, sense of community – nothing wrong with that.

        • BMouse

          Depends on where you were, who you were and how much you had. And a lot less broken families because a lot of people trapped in terrible marriage and family situations that they weren’t allowed to escape, either because of physical violence or social rejection.

    • I view the picture as a white traditional family leaving a church, and that’s the best of America. Which as a non-church going family, is a bit ridiculous. probably passively racist but as a Jew, the first thing I saw was the church/bible.

      • FacePalm

        I saw the glaring Aryan family first, but I definitely noticed the church in the background as well.

        It’s not really passively racist and bigoted. It’s full scale all out promotion of a superior race/class/religion. It’s literally propaganda from the pre-Civil Rights era (right down to the factory image in the corner) with one name changed.

        Not every ad needs to feature people from every race/religion/ethnicity, but the very clear promotion of regression to an ideal that frankly never really existed to begin with is frightening.

    • ET

      For me this is all about when the image- or at least looks when it looks like it was created chosen that was definitely chosen very, very much on purpose – basically this is code/dog whistle imagery. Think of all of America at the time – not just the white part of it that the image is selling. This image is reflecting on pre Civil Rights America, pre multi-cultural America. Sure things may have been (or seem) better – but for only some people. And anyone of color does most assuredly not fit in that. Again the image was chosen quite specifically and it wasn’t just about the dominance of America on the international stage or that American manufacturing was supreme. This is about an idealized American past that was only idealized for some.

  • andy2

    A racist, xenophobe uses 1950s stock photo…not shocked.

  • IDontGetIt

    I have a picture of my family heading to Easter services when I was little and we pretty much look like what was depicted here. Probably the same era :-(

    • IDontGetIt

      Are you trolling? I love the picture of my family that looks like this. My frownie face was due to how long ago it was.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, we’ve been so oppressed. Woe is us.

    • BMouse

      That isn’t bad in and of itself. It means you were lucky and had social privilege. Acknowledging that is important. And you weren’t putting your picture in an ad for someone who wants to deny that fact.

      • textdoc

        I believe IDGI was chiefly lamenting the fact that it was that long ago.

  • Anon

    Obviously this is a typo. Clearly they meant “FOR A ‘WHITER’ FUTURE…”

  • CVR

    This looks like satire to me rather than a true political ad.

  • Tom

    Fascinating. I didn’t get one (First and RI Ave, Bloomingdale).

  • Philippe Lecheval

    None of you can tell this is satire? Really???

    • Shawz

      Satire was the first causality of the new PC order, Phil.

      • Philippe Lecheval

        Sad, isn’t it?

      • chicken

        Shawz – Do you mean causality or casualty? Big difference, please choose.

    • ET

      Not really, no because with stories of white supremacists doing robo calls on behalf of Trump and some of the language coming out of the mouths of GOP candidates why should we? Seriously, why should we. Now it might be satire but only if we know who put it out and all we have to go on it the image.

    • Nicky

      Perhaps it’s telling about Trump that so many people are sure it comes from his campaign.

  • stacksp

    Making America Great Again I see

  • blue peter

    the man in the high castle…

  • Anony

    Racist?? What are you talking about? Simply because it is a white family doesn’t mean it is racist…geez.

    Not a fan of Trump by any stretch

    • AG

      It’s not racist because it’s a white family. It’s racist because it harkens back to a time before the civil rights movement when things were only rosy if you were heterosexual, white and middle/upper middle class or a woman who didn’t care for independence.

      • dcd

        Not to get diverted on a side issue, but that time also was pretty good if you were white, heterosexual and blue collar (if that’s separate from middle class). In fact, a large portion of Trump’s appeal is to white blue collar voters who believe their lot in life would have been much better 50 years ago, and don’t like the changes that have taken place.

      • markus

        AG, maybe it’s an unfair retcon, but I’d say a hypothetically inclusive past would have been better than this inclusive future all else equal. We’ve made huge progress on some things and huge regressions on others. If we can’t learn to discern the difference, we’re pretty screwed on any chance of progress.

        • FacePalm

          That past never existed. It’s likely either the mother or father lost siblings, relatives, and friends in WWII and Korea. The son might very well have ended up in ‘Nam, and certainly those children would be learning how to crawl under their desks in case of nuclear war. Their daughter would have been married in maybe a decade, likely with few career options. They probably have watched a loved one suffer polio, and they also likely went without food in their own childhoods during the Depression. Perhaps they were April and Frank Wheeler? Or heck Don and Betty Draper?

          That’s literally just talking about the picture of the white, upper middle class suburban family. We haven’t gotten to those in cities, black families, Japanese families still reclaiming everything they lost during internment, Hispanic laborers still fighting for rights, LGBT men and women killed for who they loved, and so many more. There are many additional ways to make progress, but none of them involve moving backward.

  • Dan

    If this is racist, it is also religion-ist and sexist. I agree that context is everything. But, without knowing who put it out, can’t say much else about it.

  • really?

    How do we even know this is actually from the Trump campaign? Could be someone trolling.

    Also- don’t see how this is racist just because it is a white family.

    • stacksp

      The picture itself is not racist. At least not in my opinion.

  • Karen

    This is obviously satire. Trump talks about a brighter future that actually sounds a lot like the past, where underneath the Beaver Cleaver smiles was a whole lot of racism and oppression of minorities.

    • plenty of folks said trump was obviously satire. then he started winning. Context is everything, so who knows with this? it could be satire, it would be legit.

    • Anon

      +1. It is definitely a joke. It skewers the fact that Trump’s supporters want the future to look like the pre-civil rights past. Make America Great (for white men) Again!

    • KenyonDweller

      Yes, it’s obviously satire, though clearly not well executed if so many people didn’t get the joke.

  • atlas
    • Anonymous

      People re purpose images you know. You are just proving that this was not originally created for this specific ad.

  • textdoc

    (reposting in the correct spot)
    Hmm… I’m not sure that I’d say it’s racist per se, but it’s definitely reactionary (i.e., beyond conservative) — it idealizes the 1950s and suggests we should return to them. So, implicitly it’s suggesting that America was “better” before civil rights, women’s rights, etc., etc., and presents the churchgoing white nuclear family as the ideal.

    • BW

      Don’t get me wrong, this photo is hilariously terrible but I think everyone needs to calm down. There’s nothing in the image that implicitly suggests racism. You are projecting your beliefs onto the photo. What you can see is middle class family, church, house, etc so yeah definitely an idealization of “America”
      Bottom line, a picture of an all white family is not racist people.

  • MeMe

    This is racist because it glorifies a time when the only people with any power in society were white, middle class, hetero Christians. I assure you, it was not a brighter time for anyone who didn’t look like the folks on that card.

    • Caroline

      It also glorifies a time when women had no power and were expected to have children.

  • kevinusma

    I think the ad (or whatever it is) is being ironic, trying to show that if this is the type of lifestyle that one aspires to–suburban, nuclear family, white–vote for Trump. Not saying those descriptors are bad things, but they were more representative in the 1950s. Doesn’t anyone recognize satire anymore?

    • dno

      +1. Reminds me of the friend who tried to argue that Stephen Colbert is actually right wing. It’s satire folks.

      • FacePalm

        Except Colbert did JUST enough to make you realize he was satirzing his subjects. I’d believe this was satire (or at least effective satire) if it really did say “Whiter future.” As it stands, it looks a whole lot like something the Trump campaign might pass out at a rally. (FTR I don’t think it is a product of the campaign, possibly a PAC or interest group.)

  • Dale

    Yes, I saw this. Awful

  • Kathryn-DC

    Legitimate campaign advertisements are required to be ‘signed’ in some way, I don’t see that on this. Wonder if someone is pulling a prank.

  • nancy

    Looks like some sort of hack job. Can’t believe that even blowhard’s people would put out something so obviously weird. Then again, there’s no accounting for his supporters.

  • CD in Shaw

    It’s saying a Trump Presidency will dial back the clocks to the good old days. Gettin’ tough on progress! Hooray!

  • Anonymous

    Definitely satire.
    But for those who do long for a return to this “ideal,” which was probably more rare at that time than people believe, good luck with that. According to a recent piece in NY Magazine, only around 20% of Americans between 18-29 are married. In 1960, at or around the time depicted in that picture, it was almost 60 percent. In 2009, for the first time in history, the number of single women outnumbered married women. 46% of adults under 34 have never married. And then there is the increasingly shrinking percentage of people who identify as religious, let alone attend a church on a regular basis.
    So even if what is depicted in this picture ever was a thing, it’s nowhere near the thing it used to be. And there’s no sign it’s coming back.

  • Joe

    Hey! Isn’t that Obergruppenführer Smith and his family?

  • Blithe

    Reading through these comments has been a bit unnerving for me. I realize that the catchphrase “for a brighter, whiter America” — that gives me chills of horrified recognition, likely means little to many of those who read and post in PoPville. While I can appreciate the arguments suggesting that “it’s (obviously) satire folks”, I, personally, am on the side that argues that “context” is (almost) everything.

    Earlier today I read an article on HuffingtonPost that described a context for the Trump campaign’s ability to rouse constituents. — including white supremacist groups, with trenchant quotes from former Republican party presidential candidate and K of KKK Grand Wizard/National Director, David Duke. I almost wish that I had the luxury of being able to intellectualize this as “satire”.


    • On Capital Heels


      It’s just satire…until it’s not. Trump is nothing but a joke…until he’s not. Whether Trump put this out himself or not, it’s a pretty reflective of the tone and tenor of his ridiculously divisive campaign, and it is like music to the ears of his angry, hapless, and oftentimes racist supporters.

  • tke98

    Satire or not, when I look at this image, I contrast it in my head to the book I’m currently reading, “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson, and also to stories I’ve heard from my family, including my parents who both were born and raised during Jim Crown (in the South and later the North) and it just makes me sad.

  • BW

    This is ridiculous. But racist? Someone is projecting.


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