If it has often seemed to you that the Donald Trump phenomenon is less about ideology than some ineffable mix of betrayal, loss, fear, insecurity, and anger, you’re not alone. It’s hard getting a handle on a voter base whose platform rests on truths deeply felt rather than, say, baseline reality.
Which means, among other things, that the Trump candidacy—bizarrely outflanking so-called “cuckservatives” with xenophobic proclamations while remaining unapologetically liberal on issues like abortion—is perhaps best expressed in art, not stump speeches. Specifically: poetry.
This phenomenon kicked off in part because a Trump booster said that the #AltRight comprises a new, important generation of artists and thinkers.
Then, the inevitable.
I have the self control not to populate an #AltRightPoetry hashtag. I do. I do.— RemainCalmAllIsWellHat (@Popehat) May 10, 2016
What followed was a slew of the finest Twitter verse the Twitterverse has ever seen.
I am but a Twitter egg;— Adam Steinbaugh (@adamsteinbaugh) May 11, 2016
Online is where I neg;
Hear my tale of my angst and woe;
I've never traveled outside my zip code. #AltRightPoetry
Do not go gently into that good night— Dale Franks ⚛️ (@DaleFranks) May 10, 2016
Rage, rage against the dying of the Whites.#AltRightPoetry
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by media,— RemainCalmAllIsWellHat (@Popehat) May 10, 2016
crying hysterical triggered
by a black guy as The Human Torch#AltRightPoetry
And yet, the school of #AltRightPoetry did not begin with @Popehat. “Right Wing Comedian” @ConComedy16 created the hashtag in April.
Only to later have it adopted by one of his many targets.
Memes and masturbation— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 11, 2016
Can save the nation.
We call you cucks
But we're truly sad f***s,
So send all the Joos for cremation!#AltRightPoetry
Now it’s impossible to tell which #AltRightPoetry is satirical and which falls into the non-ironic camp. (Just kidding—the racist ones are earnest.)
Anime is lovely, dark and deep,— kilgore trout, not a medical doctor (@KT_So_It_Goes) May 10, 2016
But I have promises to keep,
And memes to post before I sleep
If tomorrow all the things were gone I've worked for all my life— 🐸Arbiter🥛👍 (@UngeheuerDarin) May 13, 2016
I know the thief's Obama, and Bill Clinton's crooked wife#AltRightPoetry
“The time has come,” the Trumpkin said,— Andrew Lynch (@GentlemanRascal) May 11, 2016
“To talk of many things:
Of cucks–and cucks–and cucky-cucks
Of cucks–and cuckings"#AltRightPoetry
But what medium is complete without its scholar?
Anyway, have fun imagining a post-apocalyptic future in which this is the only surviving literature. I know I am!