Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t possibly be any more offensive or divisive, he’s somehow found a way to stoop to a new low, while sending out an extremely thinly veiled wink out to his alt-right supporters.
Monday evening, CNN anchor Don Lemon appeared stunned after the president’s “surprisingly candid admission” to attendees at a rally in Houston.
During the event, Trump called himself a “nationalist,” which he admitted to the crowd is a word he’s been advised not to use, but had decided to proclaim anyways. He also encouraged others to “use that word,” as well.
“Wow,” Lemon reacted after the clip played.
“ ‘Gobalist’ has been used as a slur of sorts, sometimes even against those in the administration, often with anti-semitic overtones, which just happened to make the president come right out and embrace nationalism…what has happened here,” Lemon asked.
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni asked the anchor in a later segment if Trump was thinking of those connotations or just being sloppy.
“He’s saying things that aren’t true as well. He’s saying ‘globalist’ means you care more about the globe than the country,” said Bruni. “No, President Trump. Globalist means you understand that our fate is entwined with the fates of other countries and that in fact a rising tide lifts all boats.
“That’s what globalist means to someone who’s being serious about it…. He’s trying do the ‘America first’ thing and he’s trying to lend a new vocabulary to it. Now he’s brought in nationalist. And maybe it’s a dog whistle to races and such. Maybe he’s just speaking sloppily,” he said.
Meanwhile, as Trump was encouraging people to use racially tinged language in Texas, former President Barack Obama was leading his own rally in Nevada, encouraging people to be more politically engaged to offset the divisive rhetoric that’s been emboldened since the 2016 election.
Obama repeatedly emphasized the need for young people especially to get out and vote in the midterms, opining that it’s the most effective way to send a message about how they feel about this administration’s policies.
“What about Michelle?” some asked him, referencing the age old wish that his wife would consider running for office in 2020.
“Michelle––she’s not running for President,” he responded after the cheering from the audience died down. “But she is out there telling you to vote. Because the antidote to government by the powerful few is government by the organized, energized many.”
HAPPENING NOW: Former Pres. Barack Obama campaigns for Nevada Democrats in Las Vegas. https://t.co/HCs8cSbOi9
— ABC News (@ABC) October 22, 2018