Lawrence O'Donnell: Trump Calling Himself A Nationalist Is His Way Of Saying 'I'm A White Nationalist'

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Lawrence O'Donnell said President Trump knows the only people his supporters fear more than Latinos are Muslims in the opening monologue of his MSNBC nightly show on Tuesday. O'Donnell said Trump knows he doesn't have to say anything racist to get the racist vote and that he knows when he says 'nationalist' his supporters hear 'white nationalist.' Trump doesn't even have to say anything racist, his supporters already know what he is thinking, according to O'Donnell.

"Donald Trump wants you to know he hates the same people you hate if you hate Muslims, if you hate black people, if you hate anyone who lives south of the Rio Grande. But he knows he can not come out and say I'm a hater, I'm a racist. He knows he doesn't have to. He knows he has the Ku Klux Klan vote without saying 'I'm a racist' out loud," the MSNBC host said.

"He knows that in America the word 'nationalist' usually follows the word what? White nationalist," O'Donnell said. "That's what's it's meant in the 21st Century. Trump voters understand, David Duke understands, that Donald Trump has to leave the word 'white' out of his use of the word nationalism. But when Donald Trump uses that word, he wants you to hear it as racist so you will express your outrage at Donald Trump's racism and that will actually clarify, help clarify, Donald Trump's followers, the racists among Donald Trump's followers, that he does really mean that as a racist message. That is Donald Trump's way of saying: 'I am a white nationalist.'"

LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: They voted for him to take care of that border and now Donald Trump is trying to intensify that fear as if he absolutely has no control at all over the southern border. He is activating Trump voter fear in effect by saying the Trump presidency has been useless, utterly useless to them at the southern border. Loathing and hatred is the jet fuel formula for the Trump campaigns. Donald Trump wants you to know he hates the same people you hate if you hate Muslims, if you hate black people, if you hate anyone who lives south of the Rio Grande. But he knows he can not come out and say I'm a hater, I'm a racist. He knows he doesn't have to. He knows he has the Ku Klux Klan vote without saying 'I'm a racist' out loud. He knows he's got David Duke's enthusiastic support without having to say 'I'm a racist' out loud. But now Donald Trump is saying he is a nationalist and that is not something he has said before and there are reports indicating he actually resisted in saying it before. It turns out Donald Trump was saving that word -- nationalist -- for the last two weeks of the campaign that could change his life, change his very existence as president, day-to-day, take his powers away. And he knows that in America the word 'nationalist' usually follows the word what? White nationalist. That's what's it's meant in the 21st Century. Trump voters understand, David Duke understands, that Donald Trump has to leave the word 'white' out of his use of the word nationalism. But when Donald Trump uses that word, he wants you to hear it as racist so you will express your outrage at Donald Trump's racism and that will actually clarify, help clarify, Donald Trump's followers, the racists among Donald Trump's followers, that he does really mean that as a racist message. That is Donald Trump's way of saying: 'I am a white nationalist.'



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