Of all the lies Donald Trump has told during his pep rallies across the country, it was one fact that he finally admitted about himself that was perhaps most shocking.
During his rally for former foe Ted Cruz in Texas, Trump finally declared that he is a nationalist. Forget about dog whistles, this message was loud and clear:
“They have a word it sort of became old-fashioned, it’s called a nationalist and I say really we aren’t supposed to use that word, but you know what I am, I’m a nationalist ok.”
The reason you're not "supposed" to use the word "nationalist" is, it's the word neo-Nazis use to describe themselves.
Congrats to the Republican Party on your coming-out party. https://t.co/AEA4OOEWjo
— Julius Ghost? (Read Pinned Tweet!) (@JuliusGoat) October 23, 2018
Some would argue Trump missed a word before nationalist because while a nationalist by definition isn’t an extremist, it has over the years become associated with “white nationalists.”
The white is silent https://t.co/8y5MUFZO7Y
— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) October 23, 2018
Trump basically just called himself a white supremacist at the Cruz MAGA mob rally. “I’m a nationalist.” It’s the most truthful thing I’ve ever heard him say.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 23, 2018
What Trump did tonight is finally finish the rhetorical journey. He acknowledged what he’s been the whole time: a nationalist, one of many in the world. He frames politics in transactional and deeply nationalistic terms, focused on perceived threats to his concept of the nation.
— Robert Costa (@costareports) October 23, 2018
In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Greg Sargent argues:
This brand of right-wing populist nationalism requires the scapegoating of an “other” below, but also a global elite that is supposedly conspiring with that other — and exploiting cheap labor abroad, adding a yellow menace to the mix — to rip off and weaken the sovereignty of the “real” American people. Thus it is that Republican ads painting Asians as an economic threat are now joining more traditional GOP racial fear-mongering ads. This is the “nationalism” Trump is openly declaring.
Watch what Trump said above.