The Alt-Right has debated internally about President Donald Trump since the moment he won. We discussed his appointments, policies, and considered which compromises we would accept in exchange for legislation necessary to secure our country. We could accept U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and some pro-Israel shilling if Trump gave us the wall, rapid deportation of illegal aliens, refugee bans, a stacked Supreme Court, modest healthcare reform, renegotiated trade agreements, a non-interventionist foreign policy, and ultimately a reversal of legal immigration.
Our vision for Trump was shattered Thursday as an American destroyer poured cruised missiles into Syria. Only 63 hours after the chemical attack in Syria, Trump ordered military action on a sovereign nation. The doctrine of “America First” and Trump’s entire public facing record on foreign policy flipped. “Beautiful Babies” usurped “Make America Great Again.” Syrian officials claim six civilians including four children were killed in Trump’s “symbolic” strike, according to The Telegraph. Who will mourn for them?
There is one caveat. ABC reports that the Syrian military anticipated the raid making it likely that the U.S. warned Russian military personnel beforehand. Perhaps Trump didn’t actually want to start World War III but still wanted to bomb a close Russian ally.
However, Tillerson’s demands for “political” regime change contradict this caveat. Et tu, Brute? We must confront the reality that these statements are almost indistinguishable from how a Commander-in-Chief Hillary Clinton would have sounded, and sounding similar to Clinton is not what put Trump into the Oval Office.
To understand the degree of integral compromise by the Trump administration, we can look to who is celebrating the attack and who is criticizing it. Trump drew the best coverage he has ever received from the press Thursday night. Pundits gushed from MSNBC to CNN to Fox. On the other hand, even the click-hungry alt lite figures were “off the Trump train.” Rumors are swirling about Steve Bannon, /ourguy/, resigning from the Trump administration over the attack.
We would be lying if we said this was fundamentally about a Syrian airbase. Yes, this is catastrophic for foreign relations with Assad and Putin. Much like the airstrip, our outlandish dreams about an alliance against ISIS are now cratered. This situation validates our deepest fears about the Trump administration. It demonstrates that the principles and promises that propelled Trump to office do not guide his actions. The office has changed the man. The bedrock of unflinching Americanism is gone. Or perhaps, Trumpian nationalism was doomed to be co-opted by the same neoconservative subversion of years past.
Trump may be unsalvageable. Will his new globalist allies support him come reelection season? The Alt-Right stands ready to fill the void. Trump has skyrocketed our movement. We projected our image onto him and took his image onto us. For better or for worse, the moment for political independence has arrived. We knew it would never be easy.
Editor’s Note: This piece was an outside contribution by Matthias.