Robinson’s colleague Jonathan Capehart summed up Trump’s speech as a mash-up of “white-nationalist dog whistles.”
During a portion of Trump’s remarks, he said of Western civilization, “We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers.”
Capehart called the line about symphonies “a familiar boast that swells the chests of white nationalists everywhere.”
It’s easy to imagine that any attempt at engaging Capehart in polite small talk invariably leads to deeply uncomfortable lectures about white microaggressions.