Trump Just Told A Crowd In Houston That He’s ‘A Nationalist’—And People Are Horrified

In what has become the daily update of bizarre news coming out of Team Trump, President Donald Trump at a rally stumping for Texas Senator Ted Cruz in Houston on Monday, self-identified as a “nationalist,” putting himself squarely in mind with other such authoritarian nationalists as Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Muammar Gaddafi. 

And while there are many who agree with the President’s categorization, up to this point that label had largely been thought of as an indictment of and a warning about the ethics, views, and  rhetoric of this President and his policies.

To be clear, this wasn’t the President misspeaking, his words being twisted, or being taken out of context. 

Nope, he took the time not only to declare that he’s a nationalist but to clarify, explaining what he sees as the difference between a globalist and himself, to argue that the word “nationalist” has become “old fashioned” (but that he’s gonna claim it as his own anyway), and to encourage his supporters to use the term:  

“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.”

Trump’s declaration was met with cheers of “USA!” by supporters at the rally but online it’s not sitting so well with the many on Twitter who drew correlations between the label “nationalist” and—well, other historical figures . . .

And there were those who think that it’s more than coincidental that Trump is using this word, especially considering the 1990 profile and interview Vanity Fair (VF) did with Trump and ex-wife Ivana, wherein it is reported that Trump kept the speeches of Hitler in a cabinet by his bed.

  “Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed”.

In the same piece, Trump does admit to having a copy of Mein Kampf (though he denies having the speeches in his possession or ever having read them). It’s important to note though, that merely having or reading a book does not mean one ascribes to views contained therein.  

Here’s the exchange with VF:

  “Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)

Some just took to Twitter to discuss the differences between patriotism and nationalism (*HINT—they’re NOT interchangeable).

For the record, Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines it online as:

Definition of nationalism 

1 : loyalty and devotion to a nation

especially : a sense of national consciousness (see CONSCIOUSNESS sense 1c) exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups

Journalist, columnist, and author Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986) once famously wrote in his column Strictly Personal (specifically one in 1953 called “Purely Personal Prejudices”) that: 

  “The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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