There appears to be a language used by white extremists that has weasled its way into the White House. Donald Trump was not happy when his director of the National Economic Council quit over a difference of opinion about tariffs. The president managed to insert an insult along with praise for his departing director.
Three times the word “globalist” has raised its ugly head at the White House in one week. This has been alarming, because Gary Cohn is Jewish, and “globalist” is often used as an anti-Semitic word is code for Jewish.
“Globalist” came up when Fox News reporter, John Roberts, asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders whether a similar candidate would replace Gary Cohn, according to Huffington Post:
‘He was a noted free trader, a globalist. Will the president seek another globalist, another free trader?’
Then, there was the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney’s backhanded compliment:
‘As a right-wing conservative and founding member of the Freedom Caucus, I never expected that a coworker I would work closest, and best, with at the White House would be a “globalist.” Gary Cohn is one of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with. Having the chance to collaborate with him will remain one of the highlights of my career in public service.’
The third time was far from a charm. During a televised Cabinet meeting, Trump told them Cohn was leaving, “but I still like him:”
‘I mean seriously a globalist, there’s no question. But you know in his own way he’s a nationalist because he loves our country. He’s been terrific. He may be a globalist, but I still like him. He is seriously a globalist, there’s no question. But you know what, in his own way he’s a nationalist because he loves our country.
‘(Cohn will) make a couple hundred million…We’ll be here another seven years hopefully and that’s a long time, but I have a feeling you’ll be back. I don’t know if I could put him in the same position. He’s not quite as strong on those tariffs as we want him to be.’
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