Conservatives are becoming more and more radicalized, especially since the election of Joe Biden. Many of them think the election was stolen from Donald Trump, COVID is a hoax, that there is an impending communist takeover, and that China runs our country. Almost 40% of Republicans think that political violence “may be necessary if elected leaders fail to act.” But does this actually benefit us? For the most part, these people would be classified within the “Anti-Elite” faction of GOP voters. Most of them would not even be classified as “American Preservationists” and they’re certainly not White Nationalists.
Unfortunately, many well-intentioned people in our camp will see this and make something out of it that it isn’t. Keith Woods talked about this on a recent video. Hyper-partisanship in regards to our current two-party system is actually very stabilizing (and I would also add beneficial) for the ruling class. There seems to be a tendency by many in our movement who think that blackpilling conservatives is our path to victory because it will just spontaneously lead to a revolution against our current power structure. To do this, one runs into the same problem that many did during stopthesteal and that is you have to project a nationalist/populist ideology onto conservatives. I think it’s very sad that Ashli Babbit was shot and that many other people are going to have their lives turned upside down in the aftermath of January 6th. With that being said, pretending that this was any sort of pro-white event or even a “white uprising” is flat-out wrong.
Most likely, the radicalization will culminate in another pseudo populist who will be the successor of the Trump faction of the GOP. My prediction is Ron DeSantis but I could be wrong. He seems to have the support of many fake nationalists as well as many boomers. I thought they would at least try and lure us with Josh Hawley or Tucker but if they can get Groypers and the Alt-Lite backing someone who literally signed an Anti-Semitism bill while in Israel then I guess they don’t need anyone who can even pass as adjacent to us.
Can Republicans actually make opposition to COVID lockdowns an issue in 2024? Could we still be hearing about this by then? It seems absurd but they might. Besides taking online classes and wearing a mask while I get a haircut, my life has barely changed in the last year. The town I live in is pretty much normal. I’m getting on an airplane tomorrow and as far as I know I won’t be forced to take a vaccine beforehand. I’m sure there are millions of other people in Middle America who are also confused when they hear rightwing hysteria around the issue. If republicans want to blame Donald Trump for not shutting down the border 15 months ago and proceeding to let like 100,000 small businesses die then I might consider taking them somewhat seriously. However, I don’t think that will be a message we will be getting from the DeSantis campaign.