I really hate that we need to engage in these kinds of semantic games around nationality, as if that’s the only proper measure of protection that we should enjoy as human beings. The majority of Jews killed in the Holocaust weren’t even German, but from further east. It’s irrelevant, though, because many of them were gassed to death. and those that weren’t were shot outside their villages at the edges of pits and shoved into mass graves.
We can’t let this constant slicing and dicing of meaning in history cloud our views of what people like Spicer and Le Pen are implying with their rhetoric. They are fundamentally on board with a kind of national purity which should worry us all.