1. The Ye Train Crashes
It took no great insight to predict that this fiasco was going nowhere and would diminish everyone involved, but a year ago there were people in the Dissident Right who were hyped up about this and taking it seriously. Just the other day, Yedolf apologized and begged for forgiveness from the Jews on Instagram only to be rejected by the official Twitter account of Israel. The Ye Train crashed with no survivors.
Just as I predicted, the wheels came off the America First movement in 2023. Ye ghosted Fuentes who became the new Richard Spencer as America First splintered and all of his lieutenants at Cozy – most famously, Baked Alaska and Ethan Ralph – publicly turned against him. The negative energy snowballed and it took a huge toll on America First. We have seen it all before with the Alt-Right. Nick Fuentes is still around and producing content as an influencer, but 2023 was another terrible year for him and he lost altitude. Late in the year, he even lost Andy Anglin for hanging out with Richard Spencer.
2. Supreme Court Strikes Down Grutter v. Bollinger
This was another easy call.
The Supreme Court officially ended affirmative action over the summer in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Presidents and Fellows of Harvard College case. Universities are also already trying to weasel their way around the decisions to promote diversity over merit. This has provoked more litigation. Hopefully, the wrecking ball that is Students for Fair Admissions will be seen in retrospect as a turning point in the direction of the law and the scope of the decision will be built on and expanded in subsequent rulings to take down practices like considering disparate impact as proof of racial discrimination.
3. Illegal Immigration Hits New Record High
Yet another easy call.
FY 2023 was the worst year in American history in terms of border security with at least 2.4 to 3.2 million illegal aliens being encountered by the Border Patrol in the official statistics. For this reason alone, it is hard to see how a Trump victory in 2024 could be worse than a second term for Joe Biden. The total collapse of the border under Biden has been much worse than all the frustrating failures of the Trump administration which ultimately brought illegal immigration way down toward the end in 2020.
4. The Revenge Tour Fizzles
This is easily the worst prediction that I have ever made and I should have seen it coming because it was obvious what would happen once the indictments started.
The Revenge Tour dominated 2023 and Donald Trump – the author of Trump: The Art of the Comeback – was the biggest winner of the year. The MAGA base loves Trump and will be with him to the end. Ron DeSanctimonious was exposed on the trail as a robot with no charisma whose campaign was the stalking horse of Con, Inc. Trump won the debates and consolidated his base by not participating in them.
Don’t underestimate Trump!
5. Ron DeSanctimonious Runs For President
Ron DeSanctimonious took his time getting in the race.
A year ago, he was riding high after his huge victory in Florida in the 2022 midterms and with the stinging rejection of Trump endorsed candidates – Kari Lake, Herschel Walker, Adam Laxalt, etc. – by Independent voters in races all over the country. DeSantis was one of the biggest losers of the year
6. Joe Biden Runs For Reelection
Unless he either died in office or was forced out of the race by his health, Joe Biden was always going to run for reelection. No one has ever come back from a hole this deep in the polls. Trump was polling at 44% on this day in 2019 which is where Joe Biden is now. He lost the popular vote. Most people have already made up their minds about the relative merits of Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
7. Twitter Remains In Chaos
Overall, it has been a good year on Twitter.
Even though lots of accounts still have not been restored and my account is shadowbanned to the point of being useless, the #BanTheADL campaign and all the horrific videos and images coming out of Gaza have had a major impact on attitudes, which is ultimately all that matters. I haven’t personally benefited from Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, but I think it has made it easier to talk about some very taboo topics like the Jewish Question. It has been a net positive for the cause.
8. Kevin McCarthy Becomes Speaker of the House
Kevin McCarthy ultimately became Speaker of the House, but he didn’t last a year and announced he is cashing in his chips and leaving Congress before the end of the year. Along with Ron DeSanctimonious, Kevin McCarthy was the biggest loser of the year.
9. The War In Ukraine
As I suspected, it grinded on for another year and remained a stalemate with enormous losses on both sides. Ukraine’s counteroffensive sputtered. House Republicans have refused to approve more Ukraine aid. Neither side really won or lost in 2023. Russia will ultimately win a war of attrition though.
10. The Biden Recession
In 2023, inflation cooled, but the economy did not tip into recession. It feels like a recession though because everyone is poorer thanks to Joe Biden’s economic policies. The perception is that the economy is terrible and politically speaking we might as well be in a recession. Trump presided over the worst pandemic in a century and the sharpest recession in American history during the COVID lockdowns only to survive that too and go on to thrive politically. Most Americans prefer Trump to handle the economy by a huge margin. This is another compelling reason not to bet against Trump.
Note: The biggest development in my life was having another son. 2023 was a great year for me. We were blessed.