“There has never been a president in the White House who has been more supportive of HBCUs and their mission than President Trump” https://t.co/ooezBsHR20— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
Congratulations to Randy Feenstra on your big win in the Iowa Republican Primary. You will be a great Congressman!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
Trump is congratulating Steve King’s primary opponent on his big win. This is the biggest win for National Populism since he endorsed Mitt Romney.
In 3 1/2 years, I’ve done much more for our Black population than Joe Biden has done in 43 years. Actually, he set them back big time with his Crime Bill, which he doesn’t even remember. I’ve done more for Black Americans, in fact, than any President in U.S. history, with…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
….the possible exception of another Republican President, the late, great, Abraham Lincoln…and it’s not even close. The Democrats know this, and so does the Fake News, but they refuse to write or say it because they are inherently corrupt! See “pinned” above.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
Trump has some new based and red pilled tweets.
My Statement on Kevin McCarthy’s Unprecedented Assault on my Freedom of Speech. pic.twitter.com/0R0vP6MoWT— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 15, 2019
My Admin has done more for the Black Community than any President since Abraham Lincoln. Passed Opportunity Zones with @SenatorTimScott, guaranteed funding for HBCU’s, School Choice, passed Criminal Justice Reform, lowest Black unemployment, poverty, and crime rates in history…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
…AND THE BEST IS YET TO COME!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
Rep. Steve King who is the closest thing to a paleocon in the House of Representatives was taken out back last night and shot by the GOP in his primary in Iowa.
“Republican voters in Iowa’s fourth congressional district rejected Rep. Steve King yesterday, with the nine-term incumbent getting a little more than a third of the vote. His defeat was a long time coming.
Conservatives for a long time gave the congressman the benefit of the doubt as he made racially provocative comments, and especially discounted those critics who treated his opposition to immigration as per se racist. But King eventually depleted any trust in him.
He called Mexicans coming to the U.S. “dirt” and then called reporters liars for accurately quoting him. He endorsed the fringe candidacy for Toronto mayor of Faith Goldy, whose CV by that time included reciting the white-supremacist “14 words” on the radio. He did what he could to promote far-right politicians in France, Austria, and the Netherlands. He complained that “white nationalist, white supremacy, Western civilization” had come to be considered “offensive” terms — a comment for which the House censured him and the chamber’s Republicans stripped him of his committee assignments. …”
BTW, Randy Feenstra won’t be elected in November.
“Republican Representative Steve King, whose comments about white supremacy earned him the condemnation of many members of his party last year, lost his primary bid early Wednesday morning.
The nine-term Iowa congressman lost the race to state Senator Randy Feenstra.
“I called Randy Feenstra a little bit ago and conceded the race to him,” King said in a video message posted to Facebook on Wednesday. “And I pointed out that there’s some powerful elements in the swamp that he’s going to have an awfully hard time pushing back against them.”
“I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support over the past 17 months that made tonight possible and I thank Congressman King for his decades of public service,” Feenstra said in a statement after his victory.
In a New York Times interview in January of last year, King asked, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
Republicans came out swinging against King’s remarks, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the highest ranking House Republican, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. …
King later tried to explain away the controversy, criticizing the Times for saying he supported an “evil and bigoted ideology” and claiming in a House floor speech that he had merely asked, “How did that offensive language get injected into our political dialogue?”
For his unforgivable crime of suggesting that maybe Western civilization wasn’t so bad, Steve King was stripped of his committee assignments, marginalized in the GOP and rebuked in a 424-1 vote in the House of Representatives. He voted to condemn himself. From that point forward, Steve King was treated as a pariah by the Republican Party, which tried and failed to defeat him in the 2018 midterms. Even introducing the Diamond and Silk Act wasn’t enough to salvage his reputation.
In related news, Ryan Girdusky has explained in a new article why the Trump administration was paralyzed over the weekend during the worst race riots since the 1960s.
“The last weekend of May 2020 was the time when racial tensions in America came roaring back. Millions of people who have been socially conditioned to believe America is an inherently racist country joined protests that often turned into riots. As cities burned, those in the silent majority looked to the White House for some semblance of leadership, only to find their president tweeting from a bunker about “sleepy Joe.” …
President Trump and many other Republican leaders condemned the murder of Floyd and demanded action against the police officers involved. In the days that followed, however, the White House felt absent in the national conversation. Protests turned to riots and cities like Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Atlanta turned into war zones, yet the president was nowhere to be found. Outside of Twitter and the few remarks given by Trump during the SpaceX launch, the silence from the White House was deafening.
Sources inside the administration said that throughout the tumultuous weekend, the White House was running on a skeleton crew. Advisors Jared and Ivanka Kushner were celebrating a Jewish holiday, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was at his daughter’s wedding, other key members of the administration were out of state. While Washington burned, Trump was ushered into a bunker with the few aides that were by his side, including Dan Scavino.
On Thursday, Kushner and his allies, Brooke Rollins and Ja’ron Smith told the White House and the campaign that they shouldn’t discuss the riots in overtly negative terms because it could harm the campaign’s efforts at coalition-building with the black community. They insisted the whole thing would eventually blow over. …”
It is Jared Kushner’s fault.
In the 2016 election, we voted for a “law and order” president after the Black Lives Matter shooting of police officers in Dallas and the previous round of race riots in Ferguson, Baltimore, Charlotte and Milwaukee. As a matter of policy though, the Trump administration has turned a blind eye to Antifa violence, launched an unprecedented state crackdown on White Nationalists, banned bump stocks and spent its political capital on criminal justice reform. Donald Trump has relentlessly pandered to blacks who didn’t vote for him in other ways with policy concessions like when he turned the arrest of ASAP Rocky in Sweden into an international incident between the United States and Sweden.
Instead of “moving the Overton Window” and making National Populism more acceptable in American politics, the Trump era is coming to a close and it is littered with paleocon bodies. Steve King has joined Tom Tancredo in the political wilderness. Steve Bannon was fired by Trump and lost his perch at Breitbart. Donald Trump is trying to destroy the political career of Jeff Sessions who is running for his old Senate seat here in Alabama. The herd of deviant paleocons in Congress has been thinned.
Nevermind any of this … they have Tucker Carlson as their outlet now. He is speaking “truth to power” as America has gone up in flames. Did you even see his monologue?
“Awhile back, I penned a piece titled “Tucker Carlson Nationalism.” Sadly, it was lost to the ages when communist agitators forced the previous host of Identity Dixie to kick us off of their platform. I don’t save what I write on my computer, because Microsoft looks for badthink in each and every word document. The thrust of the piece was essentially an optics debate, a longtime favorite of the dO sOmEtHiNg crowd.
In the original article, I noted the true success of Tucker’s work is his ability to advance a nationalist narrative while hiding in plain sight. The blowhards who are ostensibly our allies fault him for not being blunt nor direct enough. He won’t name certain groups. He won’t call out perfidious detractors. He doesn’t explicitly stand up for white people! Coded language isn’t enough!
But the truth is, Tucker terrifies our enemies in ways that the troglodytes who cannot see his brilliance never could. Stomping on Israeli flags, torching Talmuds, and throwing up Roman salutes are déclassé. No serious person engages in that behavior. Sure, it might get a momentary rise out of the SPLC and other so-called anti-hate groups, but in reality, that serves their interests. Any legitimate commentary offered by the individuals doing these things is shut down by the buffoonish farce. It is the ultimate well poisoner. …
There are many in the Dissident Right (well, most of them are now Bolsheviks, but I digress) who would be incensed at the tactic. HOW DARE HE NOT SPEAK OF THE SUFFERING OF WHITE PEOPLE! WHAT A CUCK! What these dolts don’t see is that he *is* speaking of that suffering. But by focusing on minorities wounded by the actions of the mob, it takes the wind out of the sails of Tucker’s critics. The starch out of the shirt of our enemies. …”
What are the Bolsheviks saying about Tucker Carlson that has so incensed the paleocons?
The brutal reality of the Trump era is that our paleocon friends have been reduced to being represented by a television show host. Tucker Carlson understands them. They have no power whatsoever in the Republican Party. Their ranks in Congress have actually been reduced. It is Jared Kushner, not Tucker Carlson, who wields power on everything from “law and order” (soft on crime) to foreign policy (give Israel everything it wants like the West Bank and assassinating Soleimani) to immigration (bring in more legal immigrants). They voted for Trump and got THE EXACT OPPOSITE of what they were promised. The president has spent all his time pandering and delivering the goods for the constituencies who didn’t vote for him and perusing the usual donor class pipe dreams like Jexodus and BLEXIT. Tucker Carlson’s monologues gives them solace when everything they love is being destroyed.
A decade ago, the Confederate flag flew above the South Carolina State House. The Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and P.G.T. Beauregard monuments stood in New Orleans. Stonewall Jackson’s flag was on display at the UDC Headquarters in Richmond. Robert E. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest’s graves were unmolested in Lexington and Memphis. The monument of Nathan Bedford Forrest stood in Memphis. Silent Sam stood on the campus of the University of North Carolina. There were Confederate monuments in Linn Park in Birmingham and in Dallas and at the University of Texas and lots of other places. Even though toothless heritage protection laws were passed by North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama, it was a sop that didn’t matter in the end. No Tucker Carlson monologue is going to bring any of this back.
The Bolshevik position is that our paleocon friends have been played like a fiddle for decades. Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson Nationalism preys on and manipulates their racial and cultural resentments and channels them into delivering the policy agenda that the donor class wants. The Republican Party is like a Judo Master in promising one agenda to its base and to populist-leaning swing voters and delivering another one for its donors. The pro-Israel crowd has gotten virtually everything it ever dreamed of out of Donald Trump including the annexation of the West Bank. The wealthy have gotten massive tax cuts, deregulation and increases in guest worker programs. As recently as February, the GOP was railing against “socialism” at CPAC. By March, the Fed and Congress were spending trillions of dollars on bailouts to prop up the stock market. All it took to do a complete 180 on socialism was for the wealthy to get in trouble. Those who call the shots in the Republican Party got what they wanted as they always do.
Why wouldn’t they get what they wanted? They are never held accountable by paleocons who are satisfied with Donald Trump’s tweets and Tucker Carlson’s monologues. No matter what happens they are always at the end of the day on the Republican plantation like Pat Buchanan. They always vote for nationalism and social conservatism, but get more neoliberalism. They get Lady MAGA and Scott Presler and global crusades for feminism and decriminalizing homosexuality. They get John Bolton and Elliot Abrams’ latest “America First” schemes to overthrow the governments of Iran and Venezuela. They can’t even get in the door through general admission now at CPAC. Such is their place in conservatism.
In the 2020 election, the paleocons will do what they always do and kneel before Jared Kushner. They will think of Tucker Carlson Nationalism, but will get four more years of Jared Kushner Zionism as they carry on the storied Republican tradition of dog whistling and lip service. The rest of us have accepted that we have “no place in the Republican Party” and have moved on.
Note: I use the term “Bolshevik” in jest. It is their term, not ours. We’re Bolsheviks for believing the Republican policy agenda is sold to billionaires.