By Hunter Wallace
The Republican establishment seems to be in the process of defining their own identity against Trump’s supporters:
“The big, existential question for Republicans right now is: who are Donald Trump’s supporters?
It matters because this will determine the future, and the future prospects, of the party. I heartily agree with Ben Domenech, whose article on this just made it harder for me to fulfill my obligations to his publication, by pre-empting most of what I was planning to write about Trump for The Federalist. Ben argues that Trumpism would turn the Republicans from a “classically liberal right” to a European-style nationalist party that is “xenophobic, anti-capitalist, vaguely militarist, pro-state, and consistently anti-Semitic. If you criticize Donald Trump, it is exactly the sort of hate mail you should expect to receive.” If that happens, he writes, we would be “losing a rare and precious inheritance that is our only real living link to the Revolutionary era and its truly revolutionary ideas about self-government.” …
They are discovering that they are deracinated classical liberals, not “conservatives” in any meaningful sense of the word. The trolling appears to be succeeding in polarizing them into a rump faction. They are very busy virtue signaling to each other that they are not like all those unwashed, boorish haters, xenophobes, and Vulgarians.
Good for them. I hope they continue to decry “statism” and immigration enforcement as “big government.” They really want open borders, free trade, political correctness and plutocracy. Trump is succeeding in pinning them down on all those unpopular issues.
¡Jeb! even went to the Mexican border, scoffed at the notion anyone could ever build a wall or enforce immigration laws, and talked about his Latino family in Spanish. Honestly, his flagging presidential campaign is a gift that is sinking the whole lot of them, which probably wouldn’t have happened if Romney had run again.