While on a campaign rally for Republican Ted Cruz in Texas, President Donald Trump openly declared that he is a nationalist. The President has always avoided using the term “nationalist” in the past because it has always been linked to white nationalism.
In a packed arena of 18,000 Republican supporters, Trump spoke about the dangers of globalism:
“Radical Democrats want to turn back the clock for the rule of corrupt, power-hungry globalists. You know what a globalist is, right? You know what a globalist is. A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much. And you know what? We cannot have that.”
“You know, they have a word, it sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a ‘nationalist’. And I say, really, we’re not supposed to use that word? You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, okay? I’m a nationalist. Nationalist. Nothing more.”
As the spectators in the Houston Toyota Center roared in approval, the President went on and encouraged everyone in attendance to “Use that word, use that word!”
The President of the United States has just stamped “nationalism” as a credo or policy, so now, opponents should consider that this is the official direction Washington is heading to.
Now that he has finally called himself a nationalist, it’s high time for political leaders around the globe, especially the conservative ones to take his ideology seriously.
On Tuesday, some Democrats criticized Trump’s declaration. On CNN, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.) advised Trump not to use the word, which he described as “very dangerous language” that “reminds me of the kind of words that came from people like Hitler.”
Meeks added, “The kind of people that this president seems to like — those who are repressive dictators — those are the individuals that generally use that kind of phrase and those kind of words.”
When Trump was asked whether his use of the word was intended as a dog whistle to white nationalists, he told reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday, “No, I never heard that theory about being a nationalist. I’ve heard them all. But I’m somebody that loves our country.”