Various other cultural shifts, like those on the left becoming the anti-free speech segment of our population when they used to be on the right in politics, all culminated into making a candidate like Trump not only possible, but a force to be reckoned with. Throughout the election cycle, from the 1st day he stepped into the race, he proved that he could stand alone in the spotlight and take all the heat the media (and political opponents) could bring to bear, take it head on, on our behalf… should we choose to propel him further. So we did, all the way to the presidency, backing his policies and supporting his campaign to make America great again.
All the way through he enjoyed massive voluntary support from people like me, and so long as he stands by the agenda and policies he ran on, we’ll continue to back him every step of the way. We, the new right, the “Trump Republicans”, the party blend of former Independents, Democrats, and what was left of the Republican party before he offered us a reason to breath new life into it and redefine it for ourselves. Now, we are the right.
Some say this “New Right” of ours is fractured. They base that claim on bickering among Republican politicians over how the (un)Affordable Care Act should be repealed and what it should be replaced with, and critics cite policy differences between Trump and the GOP he’ll have to work with if he wants to make headway with the promises he made to us.
All I’ve got to say to that is, they ought not worry their pretty little heads over it.
The new right is still forming, connecting, arguing and fighting, and while some might think of that as a weakness, I and plenty of others know it’s strength. Even if the battles never end many of us are the sort that recognize the value of those battles. Of disagreeing, of trial by fire, of thinking for ourselves individually, of defining ourselves through it.
One thing I know for sure: we’re not going anywhere anytime soon. If you’ve reached the end of this and you still don’t get what the New Right is, here it is in a nutshell: it’s me and the millions of others who have redefined the GOP as a whole through electing Donald Trump.
(Alt. title: Redefining “Republican”)