"The President has been reading Yoram Hazony." pic.twitter.com/5Basl2HRUr— Yoram Hazony (@yhazony) September 25, 2019
Nationalists were aggravated by the speech.
“America First” is nothing more than rebranded conservatism with a new set of dog whistles. The centerpiece of the speech was Trump’s utter subservience to Israel and Saudi Arabia, “fighting anti-Semitism” and his warmongering against Iran which is a regional power in the Middle East. He can call his belligerent neoconservatism “America First,” but it doesn’t make it so.
Blompf is against “globalism,” but he wants to spend trillions of dollars on the military to preserve the liberal world order. He is against “policing the world,” but that is exactly what he proposes to do in Iran. He is against NAFTA which was the most horrible free trade deal in history, but he wants to replace it with USMCA. His gripe with NATO is that it costs too much, but he has expanded it to include Montenegro, has armed Ukraine, has withdrawn from the INF Treaty and is sending troops to Poland.
Ronald Reagan cut taxes and regulations. He presided over an increase in military spending and illegal immigration. Political correctness intensified under Reagan. He promised to Make America Great Again. Supposedly, Trump’s nationalism is a sea change from Reagan’s conservatism. In reality, the changes are purely cosmetic and this could be the Marco Rubio presidency.