There’s something about President Donald Trump.
The Turning Point USA Student Action Summit was held in Tampa over the weekend. Attendees made it very clear. They love former President Donald Trump, and what’s more, they didn’t even have to say it.
T-shirts, pins and hats were worn by the attendees. Trump could be seen everywhere you went when you entered the booths. You could even take photos with life-sized posters of Trump. You’d think he’s still president.
This level of loyalty has never been seen in history by any politician. Even the most loyal Republicans can often drift away from their candidates once they leave office. Given enough time, you’ll even watch the memory of them begin to sour as their decisions come under new scrutiny.
Trump is not. Trump is actually becoming more popular with each passing year. Trump has become so beloved that Ron DeSantis is the only person who can challenge him. A SAS straw poll shows DeSantis trails Trump by an enormous percentage in any hypothetical presidential race. It’s not even close.
(READ: Trump Tops Turning Point #SAS2022 Presidential Nomination Straw Poll)
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Given, TPUSA’s audience is very pro-Trump but it needs to be noted that DeSantis is still in office and making moves. Trump isn’t, but he has enduring popularity. This wouldn’t be the first time I’ve seen this kind of fervor for the man either. This energy can also be found at conservative gatherings.
After SAS it was pretty clear to me that Trump wasn’t just a popular politician, he was his own walking, talking culture.
Let’s put aside the idea that Trump is the only person in the spotlight and zoom out for a moment. Trump culture has many diverse characters. It’s like a television show that has a main character and secondary characters.
Donald Trump Jr. is, for example, another secondary character in Trump culture. He’s a popular man. His book “Triggered” (a solid read) was a best seller and didn’t just give us a look into his life but the life and character of his father. His own fight against the left is an extension of his dad’s, and every time he posts something on the internet, it’s an invitation to the world to further take part in the fight from within or without Trump’s camp.
Melania, Ivanka and other members of this group are also part of it. However, they come from an elegant and feminine part of the culture. Don’t be mistaken, the feminine aspect further informs this culture, allowing women to feel invited into the fold as well. It’s necessary as the masculine part of it is oftentimes rough, loud, and on offense. While the females can sometimes be as nervous as the men about the situation, Melania and Ivanka represent the cultural part that is obsessed with having their hair and nails done properly.
Stepping outside of his family, Trump’s culture is also found in his political allies. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz (Reps. Lauren Boebert) are likely to make it onto the next midterms roster. These lawmakers do so with an energy that is fully reminiscent of Trump’s. They’re unapologetic and not afraid to troll. What’s more, they don’t make it any mystery that they are in Trump’s camp.
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While this all adds to Trump culture, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the largest contributor to it; the left.
Trump is still a joke among the leftist and Democrat Party. But, just like a stage-five clinger who is in the midst of her rage over Trump, the Democrat Party can’t stop obsessing about him. Because they are anti-Trump, leftists made more money than the right and have achieved higher political offices. Even now, the left’s strategy for midterms is to push this idea that Trumpism is tearing this nation apart and only they can heal it.
They might as well be spamming in the inboxes of every person in America with the message “he really hurt us and we’re afraid of him.” They are actively encouraging Republicans to love him even more. If Trump sat back and did nothing until 2024, his campaign would still have a high chance of victory because the left wouldn’t be able to stop campaigning for him.
Trump is no longer a politician, a public figure or a leader. He has become a sub-culture. He’s the leader of, not just a party, but a tribe. Trump culture was the foundation for a new Republican Party. It actually won fights, both socially and politically. With each win comes new reasons to join.
There’s still a lot of football left to play until 2024 and there’s no telling what the political landscape will look like when that time comes around, but if Trump is still going just as strong as the culture created around him, he’ll be the favorite to win the Republican primary and the shoo-in for the general.