Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Media Are Employing the Wrong Barometer to Gauge the Strength of the Alt-Right

Christopher Jon Bjerknes

The media are relishing the relatively small numbers that turned out in support of Jason Kessler's "Unite the Right" rally in Washington, D.C., as if it indicated the demise of the alt-right. It does not. It does indicate that the radical Left's intimidation tactics are working, for now, but that does not mean that any minds have been changed.

Rather, the alt-right movement is more apt to manifest itself in rising resentment that will show itself in the polls come election day. Increasingly displaced Americans are more motivated than ever to turn out the vote. Those who cannot express themselves on the streets are still free to vote their conscience.

A far better indicator of the mindset of Americans is the success of Donald Trump and his rallies, despite all of his many shortcomings. A Tsunami does not show itself until it crashes on the coast. The protestors are glorified in the media and crave the attention and mutual support they enjoy, but they do not by any means represent mainstream America. The undercurrents are building and will one day present themselves as a tidal wave sweeping away and washing clean the filth that has gathered on the beach in hopes of witnessing it.