Kasich seconds French president on nationalism: 'Macron is right'

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Monday seconded French President Emmanuel Macron's sentiments against nationalism, tweeting "Macron is right" on what he said on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. 

Macron heavily criticized "nationalism" in an apparent jab at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE during his Armistice Day remarks in Paris on Sunday. 

 

Trump has called himself a "nationalist" multiple times, sparking criticism over the term's connection to white supremacy and xenophobia. Trump doubled down on the label last week during a press conference when a reporter asked him whether he believes he empowers white nationalists by using the term.

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"You know, they have a word," Trump said at a rally in October. "It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, 'Really, we’re not supposed to use that word?' You know what I am? I'm a nationalist. ... Use that word." 

Trump has also railed against "globalists," a term that many right-wing conspiracy theorists use as a veiled reference to Jewish people. 

Kasich, one of the president's sharpest GOP critics, has left the door open to a possible 2020 run against Trump, saying last week that he doesn't "know" if he'll run but believes "there is a legitimate chance for a third-party candidate."