I watched Donald Trump’s speech in Mississippi a few days ago.
And I watched Hillary Clinton’s much anticipated AltRight speech in Reno yesterday.
It was hard to miss the striking difference in audience numbers. Trump had 10 000 people in the arena, and another 30 000 watching online. The comments section was a blur, mostly supportive with lots of walls being built and American flags. It was hard to see how many Clinton had in attendance, but it couldn’t have been more than a few hundred, and just over 6 000 more were watching. Clinton’s comments section was mostly mocking, abuse and derision. Her online audience was made up mostly of haters.
That doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but I did find this prediction rather interesting: the candidate with the strongest primary turnout tends to win the election. That’s overwhelmingly Trump. His domination of social media has been noted by commentators, who seem perplexed as to how to interpret the data. We’re in uncharted territory, and it will be fascinating to see how this plays out. Other commentators have noted that the candidate who wins the first debate wins the election. I guess we’ll see.
Scott Adams has noted that Trump has responded to Hillary’s persuasion game by zeroing in on policy and ideas, the precise formula that failed for Hilary. In essence, they have switched campaigns.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but six months ago Donald Trump was nothing but a talking suit full of money and insults. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, was an experienced politician full of policy substance.
Then they switched places.
The media tells us that today we will hear Clinton attack Trump with a lot of name-calling. She will also associate Trump with his fringe supporters, especially the racists. Clinton might mention something about policies, but none of that will make news. Now it’s all about the insults and the persuasion. Watch for lots of lip-quivering and dramatic acting around the idea of being disgusted by Trump’s ways. Disgusted!
Trump, meanwhile, is going through The Softening. He’s planning policy speeches on immigration, the economy, and more. Trump is modifying his more extreme policy ideas and becoming more presidential.
Adams goes on to say that Trump is going to have to find a way to counter Hillary’s ‘racist’ card in order to win, but perhaps not. Perhaps Hillary has already countered her own argument on his behalf. For certain, a solid, gory, body parts flying everywhere terrorist attack will make Clinton’s ‘racist’ card irrelevant, but I would like to posit today that Clinton has poked the hornet’s nest with her #AltRight speech and Donald doesn’t need to do anything other than stand aside and let her fall right into Pepe’s trap.
Today on Facebook, Heat Street journalist and self-proclaimed Milo 2.0 posted this: Alt-right means a racist, homophobic anti-Semitic movement led by a gay Zionist Jew known to enjoy the company of African gentlemen. This is an Allum Bokhari quote, and Bokhari is, of course, referring to Milo Yiannopoulos.
Milo and Allum have both done some really great work explaining exactly what the #AltRight is, and why it’s important, and the tl;dr I want to offer is this: the #AltRight is the passion of young men. Sure, there are lots of women in the Altright, and many are just as passionate as the men, but the movement as a whole is born of the energy, rebelliousness and burning intensity of young males. It’s testosterone unleashed, but selectively.
Depends on whether you capture their interest.
#GrumpGranny is a lolcow who may just have succeeded in capturing that attention.
That doesn’t always go very well for the lolcow.
A lolcow is someone who gets involved in a flame war, but doesn’t appear to recognize that they are being antagonized for the sheer pleasures of ‘milking’ outrage. #GrumpyGranny is highly exploitable, and she really has no idea how hard she is going to get milked by Team Pepe. Speaking at the ICMI16 in the UK, British journalist Martin Daubney noted that when you tell young men not to do something, they tend to respond by doing whatever you said not to do ten times harder than they would have otherwise. This is often true, but the new generation of cowed young men, raised by feminist teachers and single mothers in environments completely stripped of traditional masculine virtues have a second response: virtual reality. They drop out, into video games and other imaginary worlds.
Milo has written on this phenomenon when it comes to relationships, sex and reproduction, calling young men’s rejection a Sexodus. If you aren’t offering fair terms, young men will simply decline. They’ve been given another alternative to ‘fight’ and many of them are taking that alternative, and fair enough. Why fight a losing battle?
But what if the fighting proposition isn’t a losing one? Will young modern men engage in a battle they can reasonably stand to win? Trump is offering them the opportunity to do exactly that – engage in the political process this year and the young rebels will suddenly have a cause and a clear path to victory.
Clinton seems to think linking the AltRight to Trump will be devastating, but she’s dead wrong, IMO. Her dedicated supporters will engage in confirmation bias, and see racism no matter what, and Trump’s supporters can look at Milo headlines, and understand the trolly joke. Neither group will budge an inch. It’s the independents and undecideds that are at stake here. I would guess that almost no one in America had a clear idea of what AltRight was before #GrumpyGranny decided to tear a strip off them, and now traffic to Milo and Allum’s article is exploding.
Because people are curious.
And even if they don’t know the vocabulary, they know a lolcow when they see one.
Every fight in human history comes down to the exact same element: young men. If you want to win, you must have their energy, intelligence, commitment, rebelliousness, anger and drive. If you don’t have those things, you lose. Women have been winning the culture wars lately because men are simply refusing to engage in the fight. Women win, because men aren’t hitting back.
If #GrumpyGranny succeeds in rousing the blood of young men, she’s finished. I suspect she has no clue what she’s doing, and will spend the next week (maybe more) being milked by the meme teams and agent provocateurs of the #AltRight. They will give her all the ‘ammunition’ she needs to ‘discredit’ them, with absolutely no idea that every meme is a Trojan Horse. If Donald can simply step aside and let his army of clever young men go to work, I guarantee you, Hillary will spread the memes and ideas of the #AltRight far and wide, and be her own undoing.
I found it hilarious that Hillary barked on and on about Nigel Farage and his ‘fringe elements”.
He won, idiot.
And so will Trump.
Lots of love,