Donald Trump has finally come out.
While speaking a rally in Houston Monday night, Trump praised Republican Senator Ted Cruz for supporting his slate of legislative measures. The president attacked Democrats for allegedly supporting globalism, which referenced Cruz’s Democratic opponent Beto O'Rourke, according to The Hill.
"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 in front of his supporters. "And you know what, we can’t have that."
White nationalists have adopted the term globalism as a reference to an anti-Semitic conspiracy of world domination.
Trump's usage of the term has been seen as a dog whistle to the far-right members of his base.
To set himself apart, he declared himself a nationalist.
"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'm a nationalist. ... Use that word."
President Trump: "I'm a nationalist." pic.twitter.com/3lxCrtSkrN— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 23, 2018
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Cruz and Trump were opponents vying for the Republican nomination. Trump called Cruz's father an accomplice to JFK's murder; he insulted his wife and dubbed the Texas senator "lying Ted," CNN notes.
Trump hasn't stopped this type of rhetoric. Despite America's poor image, he claims the nation is doing better under his purported leadership.
"America is winning again. America is respected again because we are putting America first," Trump said. "We're taking care of ourselves for once."
"Of course I'm unpopular with foreign nations because we're not letting them rip us off anymore, folks," he said.
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