going full fash pic.twitter.com/eDXkgyIkXs— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 6, 2021
I find the Hungary discourse both weird (why are some folks on the right inspired by a country that's less free, more corrupt, less religious, and much poorer than the US?) and ominous (because of the answer to that question). Thoughts here: https://t.co/EELpQqxVN1— David French (@DavidAFrench) August 6, 2021
A few years ago, we would have been encouraged by this and celebrated it as “based and redpilled.” It is causing the libs to lose their minds. They are all up in arms about it. This was before Charlottesville and the Trump disillusionment and the Alt-Right collapse around 2015 and 2016.
How do we explain this? The costs of the Trump presidency fell entirely on leaders and influencers and radicals who were deplatformed and sued and harmed in countless ways. The overwhelming majority of people out there who supported Trump didn’t put themselves in the public spotlight. Those people have continued plodding along and radicalizing at their own pace. Millions of them have caught up to where we were a few years ago and have become a powerful current within the Republican base.
Now you have the likes of Rod Dreher and Tucker Carlson cozying up to and celebrating Viktor Orbán. Sure, it is far from ideal, but this was unimaginable even five or six years ago. Even with Trump gone, the ground is still shifting. There has been a big change over just the last year since the George Floyd riots and systematic racism. We could go completely silent and the trend would still continue.
Note: Maybe this is what victory always looked like. The “mainstream” Right would gradually come to sound more and more like us to the point where the distinction just ultimately evaporated without anyone really noticing it has disappeared. The Jewish Question is one of the last holdouts although even the ADL gets heat now. Orbán is a Zionist like most of the other European nationalists.