Donald Trump is running to the Right of the chamber-of-commerce-Republican field of candidates, as noted here on SF, occupying an ideological position close to the natural home of a serious Southern nationalist party. He is leading in the polls by a large margin despite being labeled an “extremist” by Left-wing activists and Republican elites. And we now have a growing supply of polling data on the politically-incorrect billionaire’s supporters, some of which will likely be of interest to SF readers.
TRUMP & CONFEDERATE FLAGS
In general, Republican voters are good on the Confederate flag, with over a three-fourths majority viewing it as a symbol of Southern pride. This is despite the fact that most Republican leaders (such as South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley) side with the NAACP and other Black Leftist groups against the interests of their White conservative base. While Republican voters are strongly in favor of the flag, Trump’s supporters are even stronger on the issue. According to a recent NBC poll, 79% of Republicans view the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern pride, as compared to 88% of Trump supporters.
APPEARANCE OF A US RIGHT?
Columnist Michael Gerson, who has relentlessly attacked Trump and his supporters, has noted that Trump is unlike other Republican candidates in that he rails against neo-liberalism and the so-called free trade policies embraced by both US parties which has devastated the middle class. Trump often talks about immigration in this language as well, pointing out that open borders and amnesty are favored by Big Business interests to keep wages low. Gerson notes that Trump’s economic populism and strict anti-immigration proposals make him similar to European Right-wing nationalists such as the National Front in France, Danish People’s Party, UK Independence Party and Swedish Democrats. Pat Buchanan notes that such parties are “anti-New World Order” and “arose to recapture the lost independence and sovereignty of their nations from the nameless, faceless bureaucrats of Brussels.” That is precisely what Trump’s campaign seems to be about on this side of the Atlantic.
The appearance of a US Right sympathetic to Southern concerns could benefit the Southern people. It could buy us time on the all-important question of our demographic survival. It could aid us in our struggle to maintain our heritage and cultural icons. And it could embolden the Southern movement, assuring its supporters that our views are not extremist and unpopular.