President Trump on Monday proudly declared for the first time that he is a “nationalist.”
Trump made the declaration at a campaign rally in Houston, where he warned supporters that Democrats will seek to restore influence to “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,” Trump said.
“And you know what, we can’t have that,” he added as the crowd began booing.
“You know, they have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist,” he continued. “And I say really, we’re not supposed to use that word. You know what I am? I am a nationalist. Use that word.”
The crowd responded with chants of “USA.”
"A globalist is a person who wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much. And you know what, we can't have that. … You know what I am? I’m a nationalist. Use that word." – @realDonaldTrump in Texaspic.twitter.com/ynBMThhuvE
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) October 23, 2018
The late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned in a 2017 speech that the U.S. was relinquishing its leadership role abroad in favor of “some half-baked, spurious nationalism” and blasted those embracing nationalism, saying it as “unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”
“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history,” McCain said in the speech after receiving the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal from former Vice President Joe Biden
The Arizona senator said “we live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil” and said Americans “are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden has frequently warned about the rise of “phony nationalism” in his many critiques of the president.
“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” Biden said “They are not who we are. They are not who America is. What they are doing is sending a vision of America around the world that is distorted. That is damaging. That is hurting us … this phony populism, this fake nationalism. … It’s time to say ‘no more.’ ”
Former President Barack Obama warned last month against rising nationalism as he painted a grim picture of American and global politics on a visit to Denmark.
“I’m concerned enough about the international and American trends that I thought it was important to offer my views,” he told entrepreneurs and students in the Danish central city of Kolding.
“When you start seeing our politics driven completely free of facts, when you start seeing a debate that is driven solely on racial or nationalistic impulses, when you start seeing a rejection of science and expertise and logic in politics… we are beyond the sort of politics that will continue our best traditions,” he added.