Happy New Year!
A year ago, I called into Jared Holt’s New Year’s show to boast about how our views – things like White advocacy, Christian nationalism, National Divorce, opposition to the Great Replacement, etc. – are increasingly mainstream in spite of four years of internet censorship. I followed up on that by writing an article celebrating political climate change and the demise of old taboos. None of this was on the horizon as late as the 2020 election. These trends have only surfaced under Joe Biden.
In spite of the happy narrative that now prevails among liberals about 2022, these trends have only intensified. Donald Trump has faded over the past year, but that is because his base has become much more radicalized and less enamored with him. While Trump celebrated the codification of gay marriage at Mar-a-Lago, rightwing activists spent the year protesting groomers at drag events. Trump spent his presidency normalizing homosexuality on the Right, but that trend appears to be over.
Donald Trump’s act feels stale now in 2023. Blumpf really isn’t driving what is going on in the conservative base these days whether it is the backlash against “trans” or anti-Whiteism or Ukraine. Trump’s announcement speech landed with a shrug because his own base has changed over the past two years. It will be fun to watch how these currents surface in the 2024 Republican presidential primary.
There is no path back to the “normal” pre-Trump Republican Party. There is no path back to the Trump era Republican Party either though. Abolishing the FBI is mainstream on the Right now. I’m largely pleased with these developments and looking forward to following their trajectory.