The Decline of Anti-Trumpism
It’s almost as if there are two White Houses. There’s the Potemkin White House, which we tend to focus on: Trump berserk in front of the TV, the lawyers working the Russian investigation and the press operation. Then there is the Invisible White House that you never hear about, which is getting more effective at managing around the distracted boss.I think this is what everyone on the dissident Right has believed since Trump assumed office. There's a dog and pony show for the media. Everything important end up on page B27 instead of A1. When you have an extreme opposition bent on #Resistance, creating a false Narrative is very useful. Being helpful, the Cathedral created the false Narrative for free.
I sometimes wonder if the Invisible White House has learned to use the Potemkin White House to deke us while it changes the country.
I mention these inconvenient observations because the anti-Trump movement, of which I’m a proud member, seems to be getting dumber.
Wolff doesn’t pretend to adhere to normal journalistic standards. He happily admits that he’s just tossing out rumors that are too good to check. As Charlie Warzel wrote on BuzzFeed, “For Wolff’s book, the truth seems almost a secondary concern to what really matters: engagement.”The difference being the pro-Trump movement is self aware and laughing its ass off. The anti-Trump movement is tilting at windmills.
The ultimate test of the lowbrow is not whether it challenges you, teaches you or captures the contours of reality; it’s whether you feel an urge to share it on social media.
In every war, nations come to resemble their enemies, so I suppose it’s normal that the anti-Trump movement would come to resemble the pro-Trump movement. But it’s not good. I’ve noticed a lot of young people look at the monotonous daily hysteria of we anti-Trumpers and they find it silly.
The next step will be for David Brooks to realize that everything he hates about Trump and the pro-Trump movement was created as a response to "low brow" leftism and that the demographic trends he cheers on accelerates the process. The Idiocracy arrives through the Democrat party and the Left in modern America, not the Right. It only appears the opposite because the intellectual Right held out against "low brow" politics for 40 years. Brooks is mad/sad that the Right ditched "high brow" for victory. He still doesn't acknowledge why that was necessary. He'll never acknowledge that the paper he writes for is the engine of "low brow" leftism, the core of the increasingly "low brow" Cathedral. That's too much of a black pill. But one day he might wade into the comment section and decide the Times' audience "has changed" too.