Trump fan insists ‘purge and purify’ Halloween sign isn’t racist: ‘I have a black friend’
A Trump supporter’s politicized Halloween display is making his neighbors uneasy, but he insists there’s no racist motivation.
Utah resident Kade Rogers, who live in Roy, hung a sign over his garage door that reads, “Make America great again — purge and purify,” reported KUTV-TV.
His neighbor across the street said the sign was loaded with racial animosity, but Rogers insisted he was only making a reference to the film, “The Purge: Election Year.”
That 2016 film’s tagline is, “keep America great,” which closely resembled the Trump campaign slogan, and Rogers said he was simply riffing off that.
“I’m a Republican, I am a supporter of Trump, this is all Halloween decoration,” Rogers told the TV station. “I didn’t mean to offend anybody, but I’m not taking it down either way.”
Rogers knew his display would spark controversy, but he was surprised his neighbors thought it was racist.
“I kind of knew it was going to happen, but it’s my right,” Rogers said. “It’s not racist, I’m not meaning to be racist, in no way. In fact, I have a black friend —
his name is Isaac.”