Does President Trump Need Clarification On “Nationalist”?
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On Monday night, President Donald Trump declared himself a “nationalist” (one who believes in nationalism) during his one-and-half hour rally at home to the Houston Rockets, Texas, at the 18,000 capacity Toyota Center, fifteen days before the mid-terms. This label had long defined his populist rhetoric and protectionist policies. But it was the first time Trump had directly associated himself with this political ideology.
Now, let’s take a look at the definition by Merriam Webster dictionary, below:
- Globalism: a national policy of treating the whole world as a proper sphere for political influence.
The definition by Encyclopedia Britannica, below:
- Nationalism: ideology based on the premise that the indivudual’s loyalty and devotion to the nation-state surpass other individual or group interests
Trump said, “A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly not caring about the country so much. You know, we can’t have that,” prompting boos from the crowd. He continued, “You know what I am, I’m a nationalist,” as the crowd chanted, “USA! USA! Use that word.”
Trump was trying to help Ted Cruz to fend off a challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, whose extremely energizing campaign had unnerved many Republicans. With a caravan of several thousand migrants making its way from Central America toward U.S. border, Trump used the illegal immigration at the heart of his message, warning voters, without evidence, about criminal elements embedded in the caravan and saying, also without evidence, that “Middle Easterners” were among them. Trump liked to connect the Democrats to crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. “The Democrats have launched an assault on the sovereignty of our country, the security of our nation and the safety of every American.” In essence, Trump blamed the Democrats entirely for the crisis at our border. In addition to falsely accusing Democrats of wanting to give aliens free welfare, the right to vote, and wanting open borders, President Trump stressed the importance of expanding Republican majorities in Congress in order to change immigration laws.
Trump did not address the issue regarding the death of Saudi journalist and U.S. resident, Jamal Khashoggi (who was killed by Saudi agents in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month) during his Monday rally.
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