Trump: ‘I Am A Nationalist!’

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a rally in support of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on October 22, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Cruz, the incumbent, is seeking ... HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a rally in support of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on October 22, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Cruz, the incumbent, is seeking Senate re-election in a high-profile race against Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke. (Photo by Loren Elliott/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 23, 2018 8:35 a.m.
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At a Monday rally in Houston, President Donald Trump asserted directly that he considers himself a nationalist, a label he considers far superior to the “globalist Democrats” he says put the interests of the world above the interests of the U.S.

“You know they have a word, it kind of became old fashioned — it’s called a nationalist,” he said. “And really, we’re not supposed to use that word, but I am okay. I am a nationalist.”

Per the Hill, despite his frequent allusions, Trump rarely categorizes himself so directly with a word that indicates American abdication of global issues and a return to an isolationist state. Those comments have earned him veiled insults from foreign policy specialists like former Vice President Joe Biden and the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

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