Disclaimer: this is not meant to be a defense of Donald Trump’s views or ideals; but to underline how useless it is to expect even so-called “grass roots” conservatives to stick to their supposed values.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been disinvited by organizer Erick Ericksen from the “Red State” conference. Trump, leading basically all polls for the Republican candidate field, had made some comments about conservative pundit Megyn Kelly after the debate in Cleveland. Trump made these comments because Kelly apparently didn’t take too kindly to Trump’s past comments about women. And so Trump claimed about Kelly that during the debate she had: “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
It should be noted from the articles linked above that this whole conflict basically arose from Megyn Kelly – supposedly a conservative – questioning Trump’s comments about certain women, and wondering if he wouldn’t be a part of the “war on women” that his opponents will accuse him of being (thereby implicitly conceding that such a thing is a real existing problem).
So after such political correctness-charged questions Trump fires back hard, which he is wont to do. As a result Erick Ericksen, of whom it is claimed that he is a “grass roots” conservative, disinvited him for his conduct.
This is quite interesting, because to my knowledge it tends to be the mainstream Republican conservative that is politically correct, and it tends to be something you can expect from “grass roots” conservatives that they won’t play the Cultural Marxist game of political correctness (a method of waging the culture war). Ericksen, himself having lobbed un-PC remarks at opponents in the past (such as calling Michelle Obama a Marxist harpy), has apologized for such.
How exactly do “grass roots” conservatives intend to win the culture war, if they accept the progressive’s rules of ‘debate’ and play the progressive game of self-censorship, political correctness, and basically ostracizing those conservatives who won’t?
If Erick Ericksen proves one thing yet again, it is that conservatives, including the “grass roots” ones, truly have no principles they won’t eventually sell out on. They will ultimately accept any loss of ground and thereby prove weak and fraudulent in the “purity” of their beliefs, in a cultural battle where progressives are getting more and more “pure” with each passing day.
Ericksen is basically jumping aboard the neocon/mainstream Republican bandwagon of bashing Trump for not playing the PC game, and thus putting his support behind those who mince their words for the opponent masses. Just another example of why conservatives in general cannot be trusted by libertarians to be “about” something of value rather than political tribalism.