Trump took questions from the media in the Oval Office today and one of the questions really struck me as despicable.
The question was if Trump was sending a coded message to white nationalists when he referred to himself as a ‘nationalist’ last night in Texas. And while I couldn’t see the reporter, it sounded like Jim Acosta from CNN.
Here’s the video:
I thought Trump did a great job answering the question, a question that should have never been asked.
When Trump was speaking about it last night at the Cruz rally, it was in a comparison of globalism vs nationalism. I think everyone in the complex and listening online at TRS knew exactly what Trump meant when he said ‘nationalist’. Many of you were probably thinking ‘trade’ when he said it; others were probably thinking ‘patriotism’. Either one of those would work because that was the context. Never once did Trump give the impression that he was sending a racist dog whistle to white nationalists.
See for yourself. Here’s the full context of his comments (cued up to 36:07):
But that hasn’t stopped CNN from running with this as a racist dog whistle. And it’s infuriating:
“Plain and simply, when Donald Trump says he’s a nationalist, that is not a dog whistle: it’s a foghorn to his base." @angela_rye responds the President identifying himself as a “nationalist” at a Texas rally. “We know he is trafficking in fear.” https://t.co/K1PBUB8ynY pic.twitter.com/ClKBJXZgEO
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 23, 2018
Alice Stewart was exactly right. But that didn’t stop CNN from parroting the despicable Angela Rye in the comments on that tweet.
Even Don Lemon feigned being shocked last night and said the word is “a favorite of the alt-right” and “loaded with nativist and racial undertones.” Context matters Don. You chump!
CNN is just disgusting these days. Absolutely despicable.