Transcripts surfaced yesterday of Donald Trump’s January phone call to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The conversation is receiving attention both due to Trump’s xenophobic anti-immigrant remarks and his strange use of the phrase “local milk people.” Now a prankster has seized on that phrase by registering the domain and turning it into a fitting anti-Trump protest.
After the Washington Post published the transcripts yesterday, the words “local milk people” began trending on Twitter. Not long afterward, someone registered localmilkpeople.com, which typically tends to happen in these instances. But this particular individual decided to set it up so localmilkpeople.com automatically redirects visitors to the Statue of Liberty Page on the National Park Service website.
Donald Trump has been at war with the National Park Service dating back to when it posted overhead photos of his inauguration which happened to show just how small his inauguration crowd size was. And this week the Trump administration tried to pick a fight with the Statue of Liberty in particular. While rolling out a proposal which would severely limit legal immigration to the United States, Trump adviser Stephen Miller insisted that the Statue of Liberty was not a pro-immigration symbol because the New Colossus plaque was added later. This was a historically misleading claim on Miller’s part, and it thrust the Statue of Liberty itself into the immigration debate.
So in effect the prankster has used the “local milk people” portion of Trump’s anti-immigrant rant to help promote the Statue of Liberty and immigration. WHOIS lookup records reveal that localmilkpeople.com was registered yesterday by someone named David Burrows. That led us to the Twitter account @dmburrows – where entrepreneur David Burrows is indeed taking credit for having registered the web domain. The anti-Trump resistance might consider buying Mr. Burrows a beer, or better yet, a glass of milk.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report