Between the Lines

Using the N-word

At a raucous campaign rally in Houston, President Trump laid his ideological cards on the table for all to see.  If the Democrats take the House and/or the Senate, he told the crowd, they’ll carry out the agenda of “corrupt, power-hungry globalists.”

“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 can’t have that.”

The Davos crowd is one of Trump’s favorite targets, right up there with the media; and the crowd, now clear on the meaning of globalist, booed loudly.  But Trump wasn’t done educating them:

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. . . . Use that word.

The crowd broke into chants of “U.S.A.!  U.S.A.!”

Trump has invoked nationalism before, but not in such a dramatic fashion.  This appeared to be a spontaneous ad-libbed explanation of his essential political philosophy, for the first time presented in a logical sequence.  Noting the brazen bias of the media—the “enemy of the people”—he referred to a story run by the major outlets...

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