President Donald Trump described himself as a nationalist on the night of Oct. 22, while also slamming so-called 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 told the 18,000 people at his latest rally, in Texas. “And you know what, we can’t have that.”
The crowd began booing, displaying their disdain for globalists.
Trump then said he’s committed to the United States.
“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 started to chant “USA” after Trump described himself as a nationalist.
According to the dictionary, nationalism means “loyalty and devotion to a nation.” It is similar to patriotism but also contains an implication of a belief that one’s nation is superior to others.
The description fits into many of the moves Trump has taken while in office, as well as his frequent rhetoric about the country, including his slogan “America First.” He’s broken, stepped away from, or tried to renegotiate a number of international agreements he thought didn’t benefit the United States, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, The Paris Agreement, and NATO.
He’s also been working on eliminating tariffs he’s described as being unfair against the United States, with European countries, China, Mexico, and Canada. His administration announced on Sept. 30 the successful renegotiation of NAFTA, dubbing the new agreement USMCA.
“It is a great deal for all three countries, solves the many deficiencies and mistakes in NAFTA, greatly opens markets to our Farmers and Manufacturers, reduce Trade Barriers to the U.S. and will bring all three Great Nations closer together in competition with the rest of the world,” Trump said after the new agreement was announced.
Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) filled the Toyota Center in Houston, with some 10,000 to 15,000 additional people watching the rally outside on digital screens.
Along with the pair, Trump’s son Eric Trump and his wife Lara Trump spoke, urging the crowd to vote in November in the midterms to help keep Republicans in office and gain a larger majority in Congress and the Senate.
“This is Houston, this is Texas. We want jobs, we want freedom, we want opportunity and we are delivering on all of those,” Cruz told the crowd. “I’m going to make a prediction, in 2020 Trump is overwhelmingly going to be re-elected to be President of the United States.”