I’ve been sharply critical of the Trump presidency.
Generally speaking, we haven’t gotten the policies that we wanted in 2016, but our investment in Trump hasn’t been a total loss. Underneath the daily churn of American politics, it is true that the country has become much more sharply polarized and that the mainstream media has been thoroughly discredited.
“The president of their Leesburg, Va., homeowners’ association, as far as his neighbors knew, was all about the mundane issues of suburbia:
“Stray cats, Ash and other trees, snakes, large trash containers, development, fees for townhomes vs. single family, pool expense, sidewalk and bus stop snow removal,” were the items listed on the agenda that the president, Matthew Q. Gebert, 38, signed off on in the January minutes of the Greenway Farms Homeowners’ Association meeting.
His house on their Northern Virginia cul-de-sac is lovely, already decorated for Halloween and complies with all the association’s mandates to have the bushes and hedges neatly trimmed. The house paint is within the Duron Curb Appeal approved color palette. There are car seats, a pink tricycle and chalk drawings signaling the presence of children.
But those neighbors didn’t know about the swastika-shaped cookies Gebert allegedly served at his private parties, where he hosted some of the white nationalist movement’s key players.
Or about his lively online presence as “Coach Finstock,” where he allegedly pledged his loyalty to white nationalism and said black people should be separated from whites by “an ocean at least.”
The hate figure of Blompf will be gone soon.
What kind of country will Blompf leave behind in his wake though? Among other things, the mainstream Left has embraced political violence and doxxing as legitimate tactics against the mainstream Right. We’ve seen the politicization of the FBI and local law enforcement. Blompf has been labeled a “white supremacist.” Brett Kavanaugh was smeared as a rapist who wanted to turn America into The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Left has spent years filtering the news and American history through the prism of political narratives whether it was with the Russia conspiracy hoax, the 1619 project or now with the Ukraine conspiracy hoax. Most recently, it has caved to the fringe Left and embraced the impeachment of the president as a legitimate tactic.
In response to all of this, Blompf has labeled the mainstream media “The Enemy of the People.” The SPLC works with The Washington Post to dox and smear private citizens. This is the kind of ritual shaming which used to be practiced by the Bolsheviks in the Soviet Union. The ADL bans the OK hand sign and the bowl cut as “hate symbols.” As hard as it is to remember now, the “mainstream” used to be much more effective at repressing dissent because these Jewish disciplinary organizations and the mainstream media still had much greater bipartisan legitimacy than they do today.
Overall, I don’t think we will see Blompf’s true legacy until he is gone from the scene and the Left that has been transformed by his presidency returns to power. We’re already seeing a glimpse of that in the Democratic House and on the 2020 campaign trail. What happens when Blompf is gone and all of his followers wake up like Rip van Winkle and find out that Make America Great Again was a political mirage?