President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly this morning and solidified the regression of American leadership throughout the world. Instead of calling for unity and cooperation in these times of economic uncertainty and looming ecological crisis, Trump told the leaders of the world to be selfish and focus on their own people.
“Wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their own country first” slurred a sleepy and low-energy Trump. “If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. And if you want peace, love your nation.”
At this point in his presidency, you don’t have to read too deep into the text to see the heavy focus on nationalism and the need for countries to defend their individual “sovereignty” and “heritages” in order to hear the white supremacist rhetoric that this kind of talk is clearly a hood for. But just in case it wasn’t clear to everyone, the President declared that the “future does not belong to globalists.”
TRUMP uses an anti-Semitic dogwhistle during his UN speech: “The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots.” pic.twitter.com/Fj9YiUZf69
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 24, 2019
The term “globalist” is a very common anti-Semitic dog-whistle and a reference to the white supremacist conspiracy that Jews control the world and are trying to destroy Western (read: white) culture through immigration and diversity. In the context of a larger speech about defending your “cherished culture and heritage,” the meaning is clear.
Trump has publicly promoted white supremacist “globalist” conspiracy theories in the past, most egregiously when he used his own Twitter account to share a video that right-wing conspiracy theorists allege was proof that “globalist” Democratic Jewish billionaire George Soros was funding a Honduran migrant caravan with his money in order to disrupt the mid-term elections.
That conspiracy theory played a major role in inspiring the white supremacist massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, which was targeted for its role in helping resettle refugees in the United States.
It is deeply disturbing to watch the President of the United States urge the world to turn their backs on their fellow men and venerate the petty, artificial and ultimately meaningless divisions that we have imposed on ourselves. For him to do so while giving a wink and a nudge to white supremacists and anti-Semites across the world is beyond reprehensible.
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Here’s the full text of Trump’s speech:
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Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.