During Gary Cohn’s final cabinet meeting Thursday morning, President Trump called his outgoing economic advisor a “globalist”—a term that has largely been used by the far-right as a xenophobic or anti-semitic slur. “[Cohn]’s been terrific. He may be a globalist, but I still like him,” the president joked during the meeting. “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.” The term “globalist” was never widely used in mainstream politics until the Trump era, in which the word has repeatedly been used by Steve Bannon and far-right outlets like Breitbart or InfoWars as a slur against various people, including Cohn and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
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