The biggest thing to come out of the GOP debate? #WhitesAgainstTrump! The controversial hate campaign went viral on Twitter on Dec. 15 after comedian W. Kamau Bell called upon Trump’s white opponents to ‘step up’ against his campaign — and the response was overwhelming! Click here to see the tweets!
Shut it down! That’s exactly what comedian W. Kamau Bell was calling for Donald Trump‘s white opponents to do during the fifth GOP presidential debate on Dec. 15. As the Republican candidate continued to cause outrage with his calls to shut down the internet and close the United States borders to all Muslims, W.Kamau took to Twitter to promote the growing #WhitesAgainstTrump campaign with a simple message: “White people, come get your boy.” The comedian and activist pleaded with white Americans to “step up” in the fight against Trump and needless to say, it didn’t take long before the hashtag became a huge viral success. See the tweets below!
Ok, so the hashtag appears to have been started by both W. Kamau and writer Adam Mansbach, who first issued a call to action to white opponents of Trump on W. Kamau’s Facebook page on Dec. 8. In what some have since blasted as a controversial statement, W. Kamau argued: “It is time, white people, for you to finally step up and recognize that you also (even more so) have a responsibility to your race. It is up to you to silence Donald Trump. Don’t just insult him and make fun of him. You have to connect it to your race. Recognize that he is embarrassing you as a white person. Simple snark won’t win here…I don’t care if you had no plans to vote for Trump or anybody, if you are white, he is your problem above all else. Simply put, white people, come get your boy.”
However, it wasn’t until W. Kamau tweeted with the #WhitesAgainstTrump hashtag during the GOP on Dec. 15 that the campaign really started to take off. “White people, while you’re watching & making fun of @realDonaldTrump on here how bout using #WhitesAgainstTrump?,” he tweeted. It didn’t take long from there for the hashtag to go viral, as countless viewers took to the social platform to help promote the campaign. Here a few of their tweets:
— Jeff Wetherell (@jeffwetherell) December 16, 2015
#WhitesAgainstTrump cuz I actually respect people of different creeds and ethnicities
— MightyHeroBofades (@Team_KOAL) December 16, 2015
— Schrader (@YoyodyneInc) December 16, 2015
As a white person, I'm horrified at having Trump seem to represent me. He does not. #WhitesAgainstTrump
— Meredith (@missbumptious) December 16, 2015
#WhitesAgainstTrump Because "Making America great again" doesn't entail fear-mongering and blatant xenophobia
— James Ju (@SirJustinBarone) December 16, 2015
I can't stomach the debate tonite, but the Twitter commentary AND the #WhitesAgainstTrump hashtag? Thank you sir may I have another🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) December 16, 2015
— MaalikSimmons (@MaalikSimmons) December 16, 2015
Of course, not everyone was into the hashtag. Several called out W. Kamau’s use of race in his argument and his belief that Trump is solely a white person’s issue. Interestingly enough, it didn’t appear to be just Trump supporters either that took offense with the hashtag:
— Hove (@Hove) December 16, 2015
— Howard (@hsmythwithaY) December 16, 2015
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) December 16, 2015
Whether you agree with W. Kamau’s argument or not, there’s no denying that this hashtag totally trumped Trump during the debate. And really, isn’t that a win for all?
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about #WhitesAgainstTrump? Does W. Kamau have a point? Share your thoughts in the comments below!