It appears to be dawning on the Alt-Right movement that Donald Trump is turning on them as fast as does his marriages. They aren’t serving his needs any more, so like every narcissistic sociopath, he’s simply forgetting about them and moving on. Over the past week, he has removed Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, bombed Syria and sat down at a formal dinner with the Chinese president.
Don't attack Syria – an attack that will bring nothing but trouble for the U.S. Focus on making our country strong and great again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2013
This after years of criticizing US involvement in Syria and claiming he would give the Chinese president a McDonald’s hamburger rather than a formal dinner. Just take a look at Breitbart.com’s reaction:
While some of the readers at Breitbart thought this was a grand thing, many caught on to the subtext:
Trump is doing exactly what he promised he wouldn’t, and while many over at the Breitbart cesspool are still fawning over how “presidential” he is, there is growing dissent in the quickly fracturing movement. Reported Politico:
The fractured elements of what was once called the alt-right were unified once more on Thursday night in condemning Donald Trump’s airstrike in Syria as a mistake. Or as Milo Yiannopoulos put it, “FAKE and GAY.”
This loose confederation of web-savvy, anti-establishment right-wingers formed an important vanguard of Trump’s online support in last year’s election, and its unified opposition to the airstrike forewarns a political downside to intervention in Syria. While foreign wars tend to boost presidents’ popularity in the short term, Trump risks losing the segments of his base that flocked to his isolationist, “America First” message…
Most noteworthy were the herculean efforts of blogger Mike Cernovich, who took to the livestreaming application Periscope to rally opposition to the strike in a marathon session that went on for several hours.
Just days after Donald Trump Jr. suggested he be given a Pulitzer Prize, Cernovich tweeted, “Sources telling me U.S. attack in Syria planned for tonight, we must stop! #NoMoreWar,” at 7:40 pm Eastern time, an hour and a half before NBC News broke the news of the airstrike.
During the course of the livestream Cernovich — at times holding his infant daughter Cyra in his arms — blamed a variety of actors for fomenting the conflict. “They want war. Deep state, all these people want it, man,” he said. Of the media, he said, “They’re trying to con Trump into believing the people want war.”
Here was Milo Yiannopolous on facebook:
Trump most likely doesn’t want war, but his popularity is plummeting so quickly that he almost certainly figured aiming a few missiles in a pointless attack on Syria would be of some benefit politically. However, his Alt-Right supporters are hardened ideologues who believe the US shouldn’t be in the Middle East and should be bullying countries like China for financial gain instead. Trump then has let them down on all fronts and should he continue selling out his base, his popularity is likely to decline at an even faster rate (which is unimaginable at this point).
With all of the rank incompetence, internal politicking and never ending leaks, it is hard to see how the Trump administration digs itself out of the biggest political black hole in living memory. In fairness to Trump, this did happen in the presidential election, but he wasn’t actually responsible for anything then. He is now, and there’s no one else to clean up the mess.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.