What Trump correctly opposes are free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The National Interest notes this while adding that Trump favors draconian punishments for illegal immigrants, says it’s time to get tough with China and Japan on trade, supports a strong U.S. military, claims to have opposed the 2003 Iraq intervention, declares that the U.S. has little to show for its years of intervention within the Middle East, and suggests that if Vladimir Putin wants to engage more deeply in Syria, he’s welcome to it.
The National Interest is outlining much the same position of most Americans today. Although most Americans would not be in favor of draconian punishments for illegals, the majority have the common sense to understand that illegals must never receive a path to citizenship or be allowed to vote. Americans by and large have no problem with family-oriented, hardworking, mostly Christian, Mexicans. Americans, on the other hand, want no part of the largely young, mostly-male, Muslim horde fleeing the Middle East following destabilization caused by America’s 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The National Interest is on the money in emphasizing that American nationalism is a powerful force among Republicans. Nationalism is a force not just in America, but also in Russia, as I have shown in my series of posts on Alexander Dugin and Alexander Zaldostanov. Finally, as Debbie and I have found in our many European trips in recent years, nationalism is a building and powerful force in Europe today, especially as relates to the frightening tsunami of young Muslim males fleeing the Middle East. Nationalists like France’s Front National (FN) leader Marine Le Pen would send this group packing along with their non-assimilating, trouble-making cousins already squatting in France.