“Phenomenal” is a good word to use to describe Donald trump’s RNC speech. It is both its content and the reaction to its content that makes the speech phenomenal. The content itself combines Populism, implicit Racialism, and Civic Nationalism. These characteristics make it almost unbelievable to behold and even more unbelievable to hear an American politician say. The orchestrators of our false consciousness (i.e., the mass media) must be in an even greater sense of disbelief to hear it all. Of course, it is satisfying to perceive that sense, but it probably also accompanied by a sense of failure. Bully!—the failure for the Left is victory for the truth.
An Echo of Identitarianism
The content of Donald Trump’s RNC includes implicitly racial Populism and Civic Nationalism. Trump’s speech holds two central promises: (1) law and order and (2) America first. These are not promises of policy but indeed something greater because these are elements of a vision. The “Vision” is a contextual divergence from the normal cuckservative strategy of rearranging the deck chairs of the sinking Titanic. The speech overall paints a picture of what America should be, rather than what can be changed about America. Here is an important passage:
The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents, is that our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. This will all change in 2017.
The American People will come first once again. My plan will begin with safety at home – which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders, and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order. On the economy, I will outline reforms to add millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth that can be used to rebuild America.
Trump’s speech in centered on a number of juxtapositions against criminals, looters, illegal aliens, the system, and so on. Such juxtapositions are altogether a Schmittian narrative of politics being a dialectic of “us” versus “them.” The “them” changes, but the “us” stays the same, so the narrative is of the existential struggle of a people and nation proper. Trump displaces his sense of race and identity onto the state. Trump’s Populism and Nationalism are implicitly white because he is not racially conscious, or at least does not appear to be as such. Although Trump is not an Identitarian and probably hasn’t even heard of that ideology, he has Identitarian instincts about things. Thus, Trump’s speech is not outright Identitarianism, but it is an echo of Identitarianism
Reaction and Counter-Reaction
Listening to trump’s speech and afterward, I and many identitarians were ecstatic in reaction to reading and hearing the racially implicit Civic Nationalism in Trump’s speech. And yet, to be fair, identitarians are a tiny portion of the contemporaneous American or any Western vox populi. Much of the rest of the people were not ecstatic and perhaps the opposite in their counter-reaction. In fact, the cosmopolitan center-Right and center-Left (i.e., the “establishment”) of politics were horrified and shocked. A common word used to describe Trump’s speech was “dark.” Reason Magazine writes:
[Trump] talked of rising homicide levels in some cities. He warned darkly of terrorist and immigrants, practically conflating them with urban violence, and told stories of Americans killed by those who had entered the country illegally. The simplest and more straightforward way to interpret Trump’s speech was as a warning that outsiders are coming to America to kill you and your family.
From a cosmopolitan perspective, it is absurd to speak like this because they do not see this reality, so it may as well be untrue. And yet, that reality is a fragmented reality because the cosmopolitan Center only sees what they want to see and all else is obscured. It is not dissimilar to how even Third World dictatorships can look like paradise in the eyes of the dictator. But, contrarily, the reality that white Americans face on a daily basis includes all of this: unfair competition with immigrants for jobs and wages and encounters with black delinquency. Thus, Trump’s speech is true for America, even if it is untrue for America’s hostile elite.