Rick Tyler, an independent congressional candidate for Tennessee’s 3rd district, thought a good campaign slogan would be “Make America White Again.” He posted the slogan on a billboard advertisement advocating for white supremacy in Polk County, Tennessee.
Amy Hines Woody, a Facebook user, posted a photo of the “Make America White Again” billboard which was located near her house with an update saying that the sign has been taken down. The post has since been deleted.
The website listed on the billboard, MakeAmericaWhiteAgain.info, redirected to Tyler’s campaign site, which is a smorgasbord of anti-black, anti-gay, and anti-Muslim propaganda which he writes are “plans” for future billboards.
In his own words, Tyler’s platform is vaguely based on cutting “to the very core and marrow of what plagues us as a nation.” He continued, citing Anne Coulter’s anti-immigration book as a key reference for his campaign strategy.
He wrote that the “Trump phenomenon has loosened up the overall spectrum of political discourse,” which is basically a fancy euphemism for “It’s okay now to be racist because Trump is.”
As stated on his website, another one of Tyler’s billboard designs pairs Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words “I have a dream” with an image of the White House flying Confederate flags.
Tyler, a local restaurant owner, has been boycotted by the local Kiwanis chapter who stated on their Facebook page that they will never hold their meetings at his business again.
Blatantly founding his campaign on white nationalism won't likely get Tyler to Congress this fall.
Photo credit: Amy Hines Woody, Facebook