— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) October 23, 2018
Courtesy of The Hill:
Monday’s rally marked a rare instance where Trump explicitly described himself as a “nationalist,” a label that has drawn criticism and concern from some U.S. and foreign lawmakers.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has frequently alluded to the rise of “phony nationalism” in his many critiques of Trump since the president took office.
The late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made similar remarks in a 2017 speech at the National Constitution Center, where he lamented that the U.S. was relinquishing its leadership role abroad in favor of “some half-baked, spurious nationalism.”
The president has long-touted his desire to put “America first,” railed against global alliances like NATO and the United Nations and recently threatened to cut aid to Central American countries that he lamented “did nothing for us.”
Trump’s rhetoric has led to anxiety among world leaders that the U.S. will recede from its role on the global stage.
Nationalism as defined by Merriam-Webster:
1: loyalty and devotion to a nation
especially: a sense of national consciousness 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
Intense nationalism was one of the causes of the war.
2: a nationalist movement or government
Hitler was a nationalist.
There is nothing wrong with loving your country and wanting it to do well. That is patriotism.
But nationalism is something else entirely, and it is the gateway drug to fascism.
Which is exactly where I believe Trump is trying to lead this country.