Dan Roberts tours America for the ‘Guardian’:
Even in the supposedly cosmopolitan US capital, there is sometimes shockingly little tolerance. A block from the White House, I stood behind a man in McDonalds who was berating the Spanish-speaking, minimum wage staff at midnight. He was angry at them not having the linguistic skills to describe to him the exact contents of a salad he was trying to order. “Speak American,” is a phrase, baffling to Brits, often seen and heard in Trumpland.
Yes, how terrible to expect staff to speak the language of their customers. How intolerant!
Why, it’s almost as terrible as….flying your own country’s flag! Yes! Really!
Many Americans regard their country’s overt displays of nationalism as relatively benign. Ohio in particular is bedecked with the stars and stripes. Four years of a Trump administration may change the nation’s view of its flag and those chants of “USA, USA” which became a sound track to his rallies. Or perhaps not.
I think it’s most likely ‘not’, don’t you?