[Ads-l] No. 45

Geoffrey Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Wed Aug 16 10:48:41 UTC 2017

Use of '45' is very widespread (and has been for several months), especially among those with negative opinions of Mr Trump. It's been all over Facebook for a long time (don't know how to search for it there, however). Haven't seen 'Number 45'--in my experience it's treated as a proper noun.


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Wes Bellamy, Vice Mayor of Charlottesville, has been on TV lately referring
to the President solely as "Number 45" (or "45," for short). He explained
that he will not utter the name of D----- T----.

Since then several other interviewees (none of them Republicans) have
adopted this designation.



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