I’m really looking forward to finally being done with Dump and his family.
Back in 2015 and 2016, I supported Trump to bulldoze the GOP establishment and True Conservatism and move the Overton Window. In retrospect, it worked too. The Trump campaign in 2016 really did weaken conservative institutions. It really did dislodge the noisy moderate Never Trump faction from power in the GOP. It also really did move the ball on issues like immigration, trade and foreign policy which are now standard fare in the populist wing of the GOP.
The Trump administration, however, was a different story. The Alt-Right collapsed during the backlash to Trump and was censored off the internet. It was people like Jim Hoft, Scott “The Persistence” Pressler, Lady MAGA and Ric Grenell – who waged a global crusade to legalize homosexuality around the world – who went mainstream in the Trump era. When Trump was actually president, we either declined in influence or the trends and grievances that lifted Trump into power remained in statsis. It remained centered on Trump and his personal struggle against all of his various enemies.
Since the day he left office in January 2021, the polls have shown that the logjam has been broken. We have gained ground in lots of areas since Joe Biden has been president. The Great Replacement going mainstream is the most glaring example. It has become easier to talk about White identity and grievances under Joe Biden. Secession has gone mainstream. The fact that Texas Republicans are repudiating homosexuality and pushing back against groomers instead of celebrating Pride Month is another sign of how things have changed for the better since Trump left office.
There is a space opening up now to the Right of MAGA. If Texas voted to secede from the Union, it wouldn’t have to bother with clowns like Dump who can’t carry New York social liberals anyway.
“Last weekend in Houston, Texas Republicans got a taste of just how far right their party has become. At the state’s biennial GOP convention, delegates officially declared Joe Biden an illegitimate president, proposed repealing the 1965 Voting Rights Act and voted for a platform calling on schools to teach that life begins at conception and to avoid all discussion of gender identity or sexuality. Additional planks attacked trans rights, cast gender-affirming medical care as actionable malpractice and declared homosexuality “an abnormal lifestyle choice.” When one delegate pushed back on that last point — saying, “We are the Republican Party of Texas, not the Westboro Baptist Church” — he was greeted with boos, laughter and another delegate’s tirade about “dildos and fisting.”
But perhaps the most explosive takeaway from the convention was a series of heated confrontations (inevitably turned into viral videos) in which a group of far-right activists and social media personalities, led by self-described comedian Alex Stein, followed Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, through the hallways of the convention hotel, chanting “eyepatch McCain.” This ended in a violent scuffle between Stein and two Crenshaw staffers. Stein also targeted Sen. Ted Cruz in similar fashion, while a different protester shouted that Crenshaw should be hanged. After the hecklers were ejected from the convention, some were photographed standing amid a group of men wearing the black-and-gold shirts of the “Western Chauvinist” Proud Boys. …”