This is obvious:
A lot of people don’t get this but one of Trump’s key strengths in 2016 is he was seen as an unusually moderate Republican. https://t.co/2U2wvwfYs0
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 22, 2019
It is all covered in the archives here. Every step of the way.
He has recently crossed into waters so perilous that he has even managed to lose Jazzhands McFeels of Fash the Nation. No one around here is on the Trump Train anymore. I said a year ago that the Trump brand was becoming identified with mainstream conservatism:
Look at it this way: two years of incessant infighting in the Alt-Right, which is located in the populist nationalist swath of the American electorate, was due to this drift. These people were all fighting with each other because Trump had sold them out to the GOP donor class.
What was Trump’s appeal in 2016?
It was a simple formula: immigration (build the wall and lower immigration levels), trade (correct long standing trade imbalances in favor of American workers), foreign policy (end to unpopular regime change wars and adventures), opioid and suicide deaths (he was going to end a modern day plague in White America), political correctness (dog whistles to White identity and refusal to follow hated norms), entitlements (keep your entitlements). This is why he was seen as a “different kind of Republican” and excited so many people who otherwise wouldn’t have voted for Jeb Bush.
Trump has jettisoned the brand he established in 2016 for the Jeb Bush brand, the Mitt Romney brand, the George W. Bush brand. He has won over the likes of Glenn Beck and Erick Erickson. This was the brand that this swath of voters has rejected as far back as the 2008 election. The whole point of the “Alternative Right” was to move away from Conservatism, Inc.
The Claremont Institute is trying to cobble together a new agenda to keep us on the GOP plantation. There are a lot of good ideas over there which won’t matter in the slightest if Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers can buy the presidency.
Note: He’s not even trying to hide it anymore. Did you see what happened yesterday with the Golan Heights? What are they going to say at AIPAC?