Reality Adjustments

Trump Boasts “Old School Nationalism” Inside The Japanese Toyota Center

Oct 23, 2018

"You know they have a word, it sort of became old-fashioned, it's called a nationalist," Trump said said at a campaign event at the Japanese Toyota Center in Houston.

Trump was there to rally voters to support Sen. Ted Cruz, a man who Trump called a "pathological liar."  Trump famously spread lies about Cruz's father, claiming his father helped assassinate John F. Kennedy.

"And I say 'really," continued Trump, "we're not supposed to use that word?' Do you know what I am? I'm a nationalist."

The mostly white crowd cheered inside the Toyota Center, fawning over such a "strong leader" who uses words they so longed for a leader to say aloud, without hiding, just pure nationalism from a white man.  Someone "mighty strong" like a Putin or a Hitler.  But you know, American.  Their nationalist feelings were buried in shame for so long... but now here comes a leader to validate them.  Because nationalism in this context isn't about African-Americans or Latino-Americans.  It's the white nationalism that can finally come out of the closet and breathe....

This happened inside the Toyota Center. Did the Japanese nationalists win WW2?

Trump was there to support Ted Cruz, the first Hispanic American to serve as a U.S. Senator representing Texas.  Cruz is of Cuban descent.

Trump later called his wife, Melania, to say "don't worry, dear, I pledge my allegiance to you first."  Melania is from Novo Mesto, Slovenia.  She grew up in Sevnica, in the Yugoslav republic of Slovenia.

The bullshit around Trump piles up thick.

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
Charles de Gaulle

Trump knows he's unpopular.  He knows the path to winning involves energizing his "nationalist" group of minorities.  He motivates them, not by calling to their higher selves, but to their hate.  Appealing to hate, yet calling it love.  Then attack everyone else as liars and misrepresenters.

It must feel good for the crowds to hear Trump come out of the closet.  How they cheered.  After being teased by coded white nationalist rhetoric for so long, how they frenzied for him to directly use same words Neo-Nazis use on a regular basis.  As if he is brave.  As if by reclaiming the word "nationalist" they are sticking it to the "liberal plague of society" and can now feel more American.

Trump knows the media will get trapped in his semantics.  Trump knows the airwaves will be consumed with semantics as to what "nationalism" means, thus sucking the air time onto his terms: Are you old-fashioned American or not?  Pop - he shifted the energy once again.  Pop - that's the secret of Trump's dark art.

We shift it right back.  Americans helped beat the Nazis.  Saying "I'm a nationalist" is the least "American" thing one can say.

Using the same style of rhetoric that Neo-Nazis use on a regular basis ("I'm a nationalist") is irresponsible, evil, and the least "American" way one can be. 

Sorry: You don't get to talk how Nazis talk.  The right and the left must clearly and unequivocally attack him for this.  Otherwise, what is American?

As heads is tails.  Just call me Lucifer. 'Cause I'm in need of some restraint.
Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil
The Tilted Glass