In Texas, Trump speech takes far-right turn

Trump travelled to Texas on Monday to support Cruz in his race against the Democrat Beto O'Rourke, and informed reporters that Cruz is "not "Lyin" Ted any more".

But when Trump took the podium and his speech took an even sharper rightward turn, the crowd erupted in boisterous applause and chants of "USA!" "Restore the rule of corrupt, power-hungry globalists", he said.

"We're putting America hasn't happened in a lot of decades", he declared, adding: "We're taking care of ourselves for a change, folks".

"If you want them to investigate, we'll just have to nominate Hillary Clinton to the United States Supreme Court", the president joked. It sort of became old-fashioned.

Chilling... Trump blowing the White Nationalist dog whistle at a rally for #TedCruz. "I'm a nationalist", Trump said to cheers of the crowd.

Again mentioning his "10 percent tax cuts" for the middle class in addition to the "big tax cuts you've already gotten", Trump said that he has been working with Rep. Kevin Brady for three months, and said they are "putting it in next week".

Trump gleefully used his latest attack line against Democrats, saying, "Democrats produce mobs, Republicans produce jobs".

Reporting from a polling place in Houston, Texas, MSNBC's Vaughn Hillyard spoke to one "conservative" voter about how Trump's rallies had influenced his vote.

Campaigning for Republican Sen. "He's attractive Ted." Trump also called the senator "Texas Ted".

"And Trump has never hesitated to separate himself from those", he explained. In March, the president prompted a tide of criticism when he referred to his outgoing top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, as a "globalist".

Ted Cruz was "a little bit of a maniac", "a totally unstable individual" and "Lyin' Ted".

President Trump said Tuesday that he does think of himself as a "nationalist" in in that he's a patriot who's exhausted of seeing foreign nations take advantage of America.

Trump infamously lobbed insults against Cruz and his family during their 2016 campaigns.

Asked what he was trying to signal with his embrace of the term at Monday's rally, the president specifically pointed to global agreements that have always been derided as turning the United States into the world policeman.

Burley said the movement's lasting influence can be seen in the Republican Party's open embrace of far-right talking points, including globalism and conspiracy theories blaming Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros for everything from migration to anti-Trump protests.

  • Tracy Klein