From the time the protests against the recent brutal killing of African American George Floyd started, USA president Donald Trump has since then been and is still sending tweets condemning the protestors whom he termed as thugs.
One of his latest tweets in the wake of all these protests, read ‘SILENT MAJORITY’. In simple words, it means the ‘unspecified large group of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly’.
This popularized by former USA president Richard Nixon in a televised address on November 3rd, 1969 and by ‘Silent Majoriy’, he referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the Vietnam War.
A few years ago, veteran musician Bebe Cool came up with the same term and to him, Silent Majoriy are the Ugandans home and abroad who support incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.
Some minutes after Trump’s tweet was sent, Bebe whom we thought was going to let it pass did the opposite when he took to his official Facebook page to excitedly tell his followere how Trump is now part of his Silent Majority group.
“Finally the president of the United States of America subscribes to visionary. “SILENT MAJORITY.” Read Bebe’s post
Some Facebook users were quick to bash Bebe by taking him to school in what seemed like attempts to teach Bebe what silent majority means
“Silent majority was assessed as one of the most famous speeches made by the President Richard Nixon in 1969. Actually for your info, the historian Rick Perlstein described the silent majority term not in terms of demographics but emotion: “a feeling of dispossession,” commented a one Mwana Wa Kintu.
“The world is watching you misleading young people with this your ignorance, You can’t have a copyright to an English word, which over years has been used ..I guess you should balance your thoughts about this Mr Bebe” Wrote Ivan Pro Uga