The White House’s initial hesitation to condemn the Alt-Right for the violence at this weekend’s demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia (as demanded by the media, cuckservatives and Democrats) lifted our spirits.
Donald Trump’s eventual attack upon us had the opposite effect. Much like his missile strikes against Syria earlier this year, Trump’s statements were a cave to establishment pressure from people who do not support him. Trump disappointed us by attacking the most energetic core of his base. As Alt-Righters know, the Left never attacks its extremists. It draws energy and ideas from its base. On the other hand, the cucked Right is quick to denounce Right-wing extremists and does so with great enthusiasm and moralizing. This doesn’t make conservatives more principled than liberals; it makes them weaker and less effective.
As it turns out it was Steve Bannon who got Trump to initially hesitate in condemning the Alt-Right. The New York Times reports:
Mr. Bannon embodies the defiant populism at the core of the president’s agenda. Despite being marginalized, Mr. Bannon consulted with the president repeatedly over the weekend as Mr. Trump struggled to respond to the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va. In general, Mr. Bannon has cautioned the president not to criticize far-right activists too severely for fear of antagonizing a small but energetic part of his base.
And for his troubles in defending us Bannon is facing the wrath of establishment forces from not only the media but also from within the Republican Party itself, as the Times explains.
Rupert Murdoch has repeatedly urged President Trump to fire him. Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s former communications director, thrashed him on television as a white nationalist. Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the national security adviser, refused to even say he could work with him.
…“I don’t think that White House has a chance of functioning properly as long as there’s a resident lunatic fringe,” said Mark Salter, a longtime adviser to Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona. At best, he said, Mr. Bannon seems willing to “tolerate something that’s intolerable” in Mr. Trump’s base.
It should be noted that the same voices calling for Bannon to be fired and Trump to take up the Left’s fight against the Alt-Right were the ones calling for war against Syria. Bannon was right on that issue as well. Though perhaps not with us on every issue, in general Bannon is /our guy/. And unless Trump wants to needlessly enrage his base and turn an energetic, youthful and tech-savvy Rightist movement against him, his administration needs to leave Bannon alone.