The Trump administration gets scarier by the day. And the president's latest admission is no less terrifying - he's nailed his colours to the mast and said that he's a 'nationalist'.
Speaking to the packed out rally in Houston, Texas, ahead of the midterms and to support the Republican candidate Ted Cruz, he said:
A globalist is a person who wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much. And you know what, we can't have that. ... You know what I am? I’m a nationalist. Use that word.
The crowd reportedly broke out into choruses of 'USA' in response.
Nationalism has a number of definitions, but the online dictionary Merriam Webster describes it as 'loyalty and devotion to a nation', especially:
Exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on the promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to other nations.
The rally was one of the few times that Trump has explicitly aligned himself with 'nationalism', a label which has garnered concern from US and foreign lawmakers, as well as the Twitterati - who were horrified.
Many said it was a 'terrifying' admission.
Whereas others stressed that nationalism by itself doesn't equal fascism.
Some highlighted Orwell's definition of the term.
While others stressed its difference from 'patriotism'.
HT The Hill