The 45

The 45

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The 45 is a nickname given to President Donald Trump by his critics as a way to refer to him and the administration without invoking his actual name. The number 45 signifies the ordinal number of Donald Trump's presidency in counting order since the establishment of the office in 1789.


The association between the number 45 and Donald Trump was established shortly after his victory in the presidential election in November 2016. One of the earliest notable instances can be attributed to Trump himself, who was seen sporting a custom edition of his iconic Make America Great Again red baseball cap with "45" embroidered on the side while leaving his Florida resort on November 27th, 2016.

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However, the widespread usage of "45" as a pejorative nickname for President Trump was first introduced by American actor Laurence Fishburne during his guest appearance on Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Trevor Noah on January 26th, 2017.

Fishburne: We… we don't need to spend any more time worrying about what 45 is doing, or what 45 and his administration is doing--

Noah: Wait, that's hilarious, you don't call him by his name?

Fishburne: 45.


The day after the airing of The Daily Show. Urban Dictionary HipWaldorf submitted an entry defining "45" as a pejorative alias used to refer to Donald Trump.

TOP DEFINITION 45 Referring to Donald Trump. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah calls him 45. In South Africa, 4 -5 is slang for penis, according to Trevor. Its better than saying his name. 45 did this to Mexico today. by HipWaldorf January 28,2017

On February 24th, 2017, Redditor EverySingleImage submitted a discussion thread to /r/EnoughTrumpSpam, urging people to stop calling Trump the "45" and arguing that using the shorthand more or less legitimizes his presidency. In the following months, a number of signs bearing the number 45 began appearing at major protests and rallies against the Trump administration.

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Imagine being so mad and offended by a person's mere existence that you treat them like Voldemort and try to make that a widespread thing in an attempt at stigmatization.

These people make it really challenging to defend freedom of speech for everyone and feel right about it, you know.

The greater aerie
The greater aerie

So is trump become like Sauron or voldimort or something?
where you cannot speak the dark one's name

or are people so disinterested in him that they are going to have to make up a new title for him that will inevitability provoke a longer conversation about the person they have no interest in.

Either way this seems childish


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