“The Largest Numbers Ever” – carve that on the tombstone of the Trump movement. Trump remarked during a speech delivered at the CPAC political conference that economic growth required massively increased immigration, stunning those who supported his campaign for the presidency in 2016. By the time he repeated these remarks during a White House summit with corporate CEOs some days later, this shock had turned to bitterness, anger, and disgust.
Increasing immigration under pressure from corporate America is the exact opposite of everything the President promised, and can only serve to undermine any incremental economic gains for Americans that have been made in the past three years. Mass immigration destroys our communities, undermines our national cohesion, and serves only to feed the insatiable globo-capitalist hunger for more workers. It drives down American wages and pushes out sustainable business models in favor of a paradigm that abuses the lower living standards of foreign peoples for profit.
DOnald Trump ran on an America-first platform. What he has not simply failed to do, whether this is keeping his supporters from being censored by social media, withdrawing American troops from various foreign entanglements, or instituting nationalist trade practices, he has made immensely worse, as with immigration. This is no longer a presidency worth supporting because the president does not support us. It is worse than more of the same – it is worse than before, hiding behind the lie that things are getting better. We’re being ruled by Jared Kushner and princess Ivanka.
What is this man even doing? He has allowed his supporters and associates to be viciously attacked by bad actors within the DOJ, he has utterly failed to shut down the Mueller fishing expedition, illegal border crossings are at an all-time high, and these latest comments have dynamited any reason for normal people to support him. Nobody understands what the hell he is doing. The Wall™? Never going to happen.
I will not be supporting Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020, and neither should you. The movement on the right which gained steam in 2015 – call it nationalism, America-first, or whatever other label you prefer – has made immense strides in outlining a real alternative to the destruction visited on America by decades of misrule by the liberal/conservative uniparty. We have opposed the fake narrative of free-market fundamentalism that has robbed America. We have galvanized opposition to the mass immigration that has hollowed out its communities and destroyed its lower and middle classes. We have offered a real vision of what America has been, is, and ought to become.
We cannot, cannot allow it to spiral into oblivion. Donald Trump was always a figurehead for something that each of us felt swelling in our hearts, a real pride, a sense of direction, a glimmer of hope on the horizon. It can, and must, outlive the plummeting political aspirations of a New York real estate developer.