Trump is facing criticism for stating what many observers of his politics and rhetoric would say is obvious: that he is a nationalist.
“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 can’t have that,” Trump said at a rally in Houston Monday.
“You know, they have a word – it’s 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 wrong. Use that word. Use that word.”
When asked by CNN’s Robert Costa if he was concerned that his embrace of the term could be construed as “coded language” or a “dog whistle” to Americans embracing a racist ideology, Trump said he was unaware the term carried any racist connotation and defended his use of the label.
David Duke, ex-KKK grand wizard, was thrilled and let it be known on Twitter.