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Robert Hampton at Counter-Currents, a website dedicated to building the metapolitical vanguard of White Nationalism, has penned an article called The Case for Trump in 2020. In the article, he makes the case that the Dissident Right needs to rally behind Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign because our fortunes are tied to his, the alternative which is likely to be Elizabeth Warren is worse and because the wignats are motivated by sheer knee jerk hatred of the man.
Now that the 2020 election cycle is underway, it was inevitable that we would start to hear the desperate cries from the mainstreamers to come on back to the GOP. We go through this every two years with varying degrees of populist enthusiasm. 2010 and 2016 were wave election years for the GOP. 2008 and 2018 were wave election years for the Democrats. This cycle is going to be extremely tough for the mainstreamers to make their pitch because it is conceded at the outset that Donald Trump has failed as a president in almost every possible way.
Donald Trump has presided over the demise of free speech on the internet and free association in the streets which has set us back from where we were in the salad days of 2016. His administration is presiding over a state crackdown on White Nationalism while it has been a boon to Antifa. He has presided over a surge in both legal and illegal immigration. He has presided over an intensification of political correctness. Although he hasn’t started a foreign war yet, he has failed to make a dent in the American Empire. His trade policies have largely been ineffective. The suicide and opioid epidemic in White America continues to take its brutal toll.
Now, it would be unfair to say that Donald Trump is without accomplishments to bring to the table to make his case for reelection in 2020. He brings with him the familiar conservative agenda of tax cuts, deregulation, conservative justices and record military budgets which is the agenda we would have gotten under any Republican president. He brings with him the lowest black, Hispanic and Asian-American unemployment rate in 50 years. He brings with him criminal justice reform which he did for the Koch Brothers. He moved the US embassy to Jerusalem, ended the Iran Deal, recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and pardoned Sholom Rubashkin. He brings with him the Grift Right which is the intellectual vanguard of Trumpism. The Overton Window shifted and now homosexuality has been embraced by the Right.
In 2016, Donald Trump ran an exciting insurgent campaign on a compelling nationalist and populist vision of the future, but after he won the election he sold out to the Republican donor class. He outsourced the MAGA agenda to the GOP Congress which blocked his nationalist agenda while using him as a rubber stamp for their own conservative agenda. In the 2020 election, Donald Trump has Charlie Kirk running a boring establishment campaign on boilerplate conservative themes like “capitalism vs. socialism.” He is running purely on fear and not being a Democrat like Elizabeth Warren because his old agenda was quietly thrown in the trash by his donors who want a mandate for pure Zionism and dismantling the existing welfare state.
What is Trump’s vision for a second term? Well, he might start a war with Iran after being held back by the fear that it would cost him reelection. I’m sure there will be a slew of new scandals. Seeing how much the Republican donor class has invested in Trump’s 2020 campaign, it is safe to say that a Trump second term will be pushing for whatever those people want for the next four years none of which will be “nationalist” or “populist.” To the extent the Republican Party has power, it will use it to push Charles Koch and Sheldon Adelson’s agenda and the conservative base will interpret that as “winning” while consuming “Trust the Plan” baby food from Q.
I want you to try a mental experiment.
I want you to close your eyes and think of the year 2024 with a 78-year-old Donald Trump still in office with his Twitter account. The WITCH HUNT has lasted for eight years. Can you imagine White Nationalism being in a stronger position at the end of a Trump second term? How about generic “nationalism” or “populism” in light of the agenda he is running on? When I close my eyes and think about it, I can only see an enervation of these things.
In a Donald Trump vs. Elizabeth Warren race, I think the result would be closer, but Warren would still emerge victorious for the following reasons. The Democratic base will show up for Warren which wasn’t inspired by Hillary. It was this more than anything else that cost her the presidency due to lower black and Millennial turnout. The demographics are less favorable. Donald Trump’s base has shrunk in key swing states. If we threw all our support behind him (SPOILER: there is no scenario where we get anything out of it), it is unlikely he would win with his Charlie Kirk campaign. The coalition that Donald Trump had in 2016 is no longer in the cards.
If the wignats aren’t feeling it in 2020, this portends doom for the Trump campaign. This is because the people who are denounced as wignats are a subsection of a very well known cynical slice of the rightwing electorate – Market Skeptical Republicans who are disaffected White working class voters, largely from rural areas and small towns, who incline toward populism and nationalism and who either lean Republican or are Independent voters. It is true that 90% of Republicans support Donald Trump and with their combined support he is currently standing at 40% in the polls. It is true that Core Conservatives, Country First Conservatives and New Era Enterprisers (i.e., the GOP) will support him in 2020, but he didn’t win in the first place with the Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio electorate. He won because Hillary failed to mobilize the Obama coalition and because he cobbled together a nationalist and populist coalition with these disaffected voters. It was these voters who were the keystone of Trump’s winning coalition and the reason why he stunned the world by winning Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan. Even if we were inclined to save Trump, he would still likely lose. Even if he won by some miracle, he would continue to drain us as an albatross while discrediting nationalism.
I suppose it is true that the Alt-Right became a major phenomenon during Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, but this is 2019 and the Alt-Right as a movement died a long time ago. Once the election was over and it had served its purposes as a Trump cheerleading squad, it was kneecapped and thoroughly marginalized which had been the plan all along. The Jews and homosexuals of the Grift Right quickly became the official “pro-Trump” cheerleading squad on the internet. Conservatives took over the administration. The GOP Congress has officially condemned White Nationalism at least three times since 2016. Seeing how the Alt-Right died during the Trump presidency, it seems strange that the survivors of that fiasco would want to give it another whirl. In retrospect, the growth of that time period was ruinous. It was not the sort of growth we needed. Back then, we could at least say in our defense that we didn’t know what we know now.
The thing that made Donald Trump’s insurgent campaign in 2016 so exciting to the Dissident Right was that he seemed to be challenging the decentralized two-story totalitarian state. In our regime, there are two official stories – conservative liberalism and progressive liberalism – which define the parameters of mainstream discourse. White Nationalism is excluded from the “mainstream” because there is a consensus on this issue between conservative liberals and progressive liberals. The respectable national conversation occurs within the confines of the narrow window of disagreement between these two poles of liberalism. From our perspective, Donald Trump initially seemed like he was engaged in a hostile takeover of conservative liberalism and that he intended to replace that pole of the mainstream with the story of National Populism. Nothing of the sort of ever occurred for a variety of reasons. Conservatism, Inc. survived and neutered the Trump presidency and successfully bent it to its will.
During the Trump presidency, conservative liberalism has continued to perform its traditional function within the two-story totalitarian state. It has assimilated and stabilized the LGBTQ social revolution of the Obama era into mainstream conservatism while continuing to push the frontiers of economic liberalism in the tradition of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. It has continued to marginalize the Dissident Right. It has continued to cater to the Jewish donors who own both poles of the “mainstream” in the United States with the result being that we inevitably get ultra-Zionism or social liberalism as the verdict of every election.
If you look at the history of conservative liberalism, it always follows behind progressive liberalism and performs its function of assimilating social revolutions into mainstream conservatism. Initially, it opposed the Civil Rights Movement during the Barry Goldwater campaign on libertarian grounds, but after its triumph it assimilated MLK as a conservative hero as the “mainstream” shifted to the Left. It assimilated both the modernism of the counter-culture and the Sexual Revolution. It assimilated identity politics, multiculturalism and political correctness which is the reason why White identity politics is uniquely stigmatized. Rest assured, the progressive liberalism of today will inevitably become the conservative liberalism of tomorrow and in spite of knowing how the system works we continue to treat the story it tells as plausible.
In the eyes of conservative liberalism, Nick Fuentes is blacklisted as bad optics and as we recently saw anyone who even associates with Nick Fuentes and is seen in the same room can have their career ruined. In contrast, drag queens are performing at Trump rallies now. Nick Fuentes is banned from attending CPAC. Will Lady MAGA be speaking there next year?
OMG … IT’S LADY MAGA!
I’m joking, of course, about Nick being bad optics. Is he seriously worse optics than this? He just isn’t kosher enough to be accepted within True Conservatism.
While it is true that violent accelerationism doesn’t work as a strategy, mainstreaming doesn’t work as a strategy either. If you have the wrong opinions on key issues or associate with the wrong people, you will inevitably be blacklisted as bad optics. If you try to infiltrate Conservatism, Inc. and keep your head down, you will inevitably be purged. The partisan dynamic that goes on between conservative liberalism and progressive liberalism will ensure that the result is always more liberalism. Regardless of who wins in the 2020 election, one thing is absolutely certain about the outcome … the Dissident Right will still be a critical fringe.
The Dissident Right is marginalized by the mainstream Right which polices the boundaries of respectable discourse for its dancing partner the mainstream Left. Virtually every negative thing that we have to put up with whether it is doxxing or street violence or the loss of personal income or social ostracism is the result of being stigmatized by the mainstream Right and having no representation in mainstream politics. By voting for the mainstream Right and treating the story of conservative liberalism as plausible and legitimate and accepting our role as being the niggers of conservatism and having no representation, we are reinforcing our own marginalization.
In 2021, the Dissident Right is not going to have any representation in mainstream politics and everyone who is involved in it will still be blacklisted. Whether it is violent Antifa or Big Tech censorship, we have no one in mainstream politics who represents our interest and that is by design in the two-story totalitarian state. I suppose there are a handful of scattered voices like Sen. Josh Hawley who make some of our points, but he isn’t up for reelection in 2020 and he is isolated within the caucus of conservative liberalism in the Republican Congress. The GOP ran on both of those issues in the 2018 midterm elections and did nothing about either of them.
So, the question that is facing us in the 2020 election isn’t whether we will have representation in the Republican coalition (we won’t) or whether we will still be stigmatized (we will) or whether Donald Trump and conservative liberalism will conserve anything of value to us (it is conceded that they haven’t and won’t). The question before the Dissident Right is to what extent should the mainstream Right be in power. Will Elizabeth Warren or Joe Biden be worse for us than Donald Trump? Will the conservative normie continue his “winning” streak and feel represented and content with Q drops? Do we remove the pacifier that is the Trump presidency? Do we go to the mat in 2020 to back Trump and Charlie Kirk and rake their coals out of the fire?
It seems to me that some things are inevitable and we can count on two things happening in the 2020s which are changing racial demographics and the dying off of the Boomers and the Silent Generation. This is inevitably going to turn several of the Purple States – Arizona, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida – into Blue States like Virginia and Colorado. When that happens, it is lights out for Conservatism, Inc. In the final analysis, it doesn’t make much of a difference whether it happens in 2020 or 2024 because in the end it is going to happen anyway, right?
Every negative thing that could possibly happen to White Nationalists under an Elizabeth Warren presidency is going to happen to us anyway. It is going to happen because Conservatism, Inc. spent the last fifty years stigmatizing us and doing everything in its power to transform America into a Third World country. It will reap what it has sowed at some point in the 2020s. Maybe this cycle it will dodge the bullet again. It won’t be so lucky next time.
As for an Elizabeth Warren presidency, I doubt it would be the end of the world and it might have a salutary effect. Barack Obama was intensely polarizing in spite of being an affable, likable guy with relatively moderate policies. Obama was optimistic and generally gave off good vibes which is why moderates who aren’t particularly ideological liked him. He was a cool negro and a canny politician. Pocahontas is the anti-Obama in the sense that she is the incarnation of the shrill, unlikable New England school marm. She would be 1,000 times more polarizing in a good way than Barack Obama. The Left drives more people into our ranks than anything we say or do.
At the end of the day, I am not voting for Donald Trump or Elizabeth Warren. I’ve accepted the fact that I am marginalized under the two-story liberal system. As a dissident under liberalism, I have no stake in the outcome of this race. I’m just going to continue to do political commentary and poke fun at mainstream politics because one of the only advantages of being marginalized is being fully independent and able to tell you the unvarnished truth. I’m not under any illusions about Trump or any pressure to shill for him. It would suck to be one of those guys.
I don’t have any big plans for 2020 except to offer better takes in my space on the dissident fringe. I’m going to try to learn something from what happened to us in 2016.