Trump is basically finished. Even if he survives politically, it will be on a platform so thoroughly compromised that it will be indefensible by any serious conservative or nationalist. Trump’s numerous failures and constant acquiescence to the left have kicked the legs out from underneath his core supporters. Seriously defending these positions is either dishonest or just simply pathetic.
So, what next? Grit our teeth and support Trump in 2020? Stay home? Go full #YangGang? It’s a question without an immediately obvious answer.
The young American right owes much of its present organization to the Trump campaign. It brought people together and pumped much-needed energy into dissident politics – but it’s not a feat that Trump or his collapsing “movement” can possibly repeat.
The good news is that nobody who broke from the business-as-usual cuckold-conservative movement over Trump’s bid for the presidency has any desire to return to the fold. We have our own organizers, social circles, and media. We are, to the dismay of Conservatives™, a sizable political grouping, and we’re not getting any smaller.
Any community, however, needs to be brought together through shared purpose and action, so we can’t put on an air of disinterested superiority and watch from the sidelines until we get another Trump Movement to carry our enthusiasm. We have to build it ourselves. We have to do Trumpism, without Trump, and without the compromises that his boomer-centric strategy incorporated (billions for Israel, ripping up agreements with Iran, maintaining over a million annual legal immigrants). We have to continue demanding that elected officials either dig their heels in and fight for their constituents, or be thrown out of office. Youth activism is great for this – and to accomplish it, phony campus Conservative™ groups like TPUSA and the College Republicans have to be dragged kicking and screaming away from their stale, corporate-funded positions.
At Penn State, groups like TPUSA are phenomenally better than their goofy, useless national leadership would suggest – and it’s reasonable to suspect that this is a similar case with leadership in other local chapters. Campus chapters of TPUSA are constantly being accused of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, etc., which to anyone paying attention suggests that they’re not the same bunch of milquetoast cucks who run the national organization.
College Republicans are in a similar boat – though more resistant due to their patronage and management by the official party, which is absolutely chock-full of corporate-friendly rat bastards and power-hungry imbeciles. Hardly any right-wing students coming in to college give a shit about lowering taxes and funding the Israeli military – they’re being soaked in student debt and demographically replaced by foreigners in their own neighborhoods. Eventually, the Republicans have to face either compromise or total irrelevance.
We’ll keep pressuring these organizations and supporting independent-minded and determined people running for their official positions. Meanwhile, the Bull-Moose Party will remain a home for students who are sick and tired of fake and gay Conservatism™. We will continue to agitate, organize, and stay true to the principles that Donald Trump failed to respect. This is our project, our fight, and we’re in it for as long as it takes.