Donald Trump’s Christmas Present to the Alt Right

Donald Trump’s Christmas Present to the Alt Right

by Jay Lorenz

*Editor’s note: this article was originally published on Christmas Eve 2016.

Europe and America may be under invasion by third world savages who grow bolder every day (if anyone forgot, the series of Muslim attacks this week reminded them), but Christmas is right around the corner. Christmas is not a time to despair, but a time to gather with our families and loved ones to celebrate our religion, culture, and traditions. In the spirit of Christmas, I’m going to spread some optimism and holiday cheer with today’s article.

If you feel a warmth in your heart this Christmas that was missing last year, I think I know why: the next President of the United States plans on barring Muslims from entering the country.

This week’s dose of Muslim violence prompted Trump to make several statements on the Muslim Question. In a press release on the Berlin attacks, Trump stated, “ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad.” This is a very interesting statement. By pointing out that this was an attack by Muslims on Christians, Trump invokes the Christian identity of America and the West. This is important, because in order to decide who should be kept out of our country, we first must define who we are. This is a distinction which has been missing in our recent administrations. If America has no identity—no racial, ethnic, or religious pillars—then there is no basis for barring anyone from becoming a citizen. Obama and Clinton made it very clear that, to them, America is not a White, or even a Christian, nation. In fact, we are a “nation of immigrants,” which means we’re not a nation at all. If there is no “us,” then there cannot be a “them.” To the Left, a Muslim murdering Christians is not an attack on us. It is a member of one of “our communities” attacking members of another one of “our communities.” Since they are already valued, diverse members of the rich multicultural tapestry of America, Muslims cannot be singled out as problematic.

This thinking will not take place in the Trump administration. Trump has an instinct to distinguish between us and them. I call it an instinct because I do not think his strategy comes from a careful reading of Carl Schmitt’s political theory. Rather it comes from a natural tribal impulse and from an understanding that the American public has this impulse. He’s the only major player in American politics currently willing to say that Americans are a people with an identity. This is one of the key reasons for his election victory, and one of the clear mandates he has received—Americans want a nation again. Despite Liberal kvetching over Trump’s rhetoric on identity, Trump’s idea of American identity is not White nationalism. It is something closer to civic nationalism. Even if Trump were a White nationalist, it wouldn’t be politically possible for him to discuss racial identity in the current climate. For now, we should be very happy with this characterization. We are a nation; they are foreigners. We are Christians; they are Muslims. Do we really want to let them  into our country?

This is the question Trump is asking. Should Muslims be in our country? In other remarks this week, Trump appears to have given us his answer. Wednesday, when asked if the Berlin terrorist attack would alter his policy toward Muslims, Trump said, “You know my plans.” This is the second key quote from this week. Trump clearly delineated an “us” and “them” in his previous statement. This second statement is an affirmation of his plan to ban “them.” He has already laid out a plan to bar Muslims from entering America. He did it explicitly last December. Then, he changed the wording to bar immigration “from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism.” The second statement was a euphemism for the original policy. The media has been in hysteria over this proposal ever since. Without a doubt, he’s correct in saying they know his plan—they’ve been obsessing over it for a year. He could have walked back the stance this week. He could have said something ambiguous about protecting “all Americans” after such a tragedy. He didn’t. He said “I’ve been proven to be right. One hundred percent correct.” He said he was sticking to the plan.

When the ban was originally suggested, everyone, including the Alt-Right, scrambled to find out if it was possible. Because of this, many of you have seen the following information before, but it bears repeating: it is one hundred percent legal and constitutional for the President of the United States to bar Muslims from entering the country.

Title 8, Section 1182 of the U.S. Code gives the President the authority to enact an immigration ban on any group of people. The President “may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens.” This is precisely what Trump has suggested he will do. Congress would need a veto-proof majority (two-thirds in the House and Senate) to override any policy Trump institutes in this area. With a Republican majority in congress, he should be able to pass the Muslim ban. There are sure to be plenty of cucks on the Muslim Question, but Republican voters largely favor a Muslim ban. A Morning Consult poll done in March showed that 50 percent of Americans, 71 percent of Republicans, and 84 percent of Trump supporters favored the Muslim ban.1 Various other polls have showed similar results. The Muslim ban is more popular than Trump. With Trump in the Presidency and pushing for the ban, it will be very difficult for the required number of congressmen to ignore their constituents on this issue.

We need to continue to hold Trump’s feet to the fire on the Muslim ban, but his recent comments are promising. Trump has said repeatedly, “We’re going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.” And we should. We should say it to everyone every chance we get this week. But, with his recent comments, Trump has put a different phrase in our minds as well this Christmas: “Remove Kebab.”

That extra holiday cheer we feel this year. That feeling that things are finally going our way. That feeling that 2016 was truly special. That feeling that we’re actually going to physically bar Muslims from entering our country. That is President Trump’s Christmas present to the Alt-Right.

1Easley, Cameron. “Half of Voters Back Muslim Travel Ban, Patrols of Muslim Neighborhoods.” Morning Consult. March 29, 2016. (accessed December 22, 2016).

Jay Lorenz

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