I was guided by the FaceBook page of my son, Professor Tobias Barrington Wolff, to this lengthy article about the large, well-funded and quite sophisticated political operation being built by the small cadre of alt-right people around Trump. I urge you to read it. It is quite troubling and very important. In essence, this group of people are attempting to build the American equivalent of the right-wing nationalist parties that are a growing component of the European political scene – the Front National in France, the UK Independence Party [UKIP] in England, and so forth. If the authors of the essay are correct [and I see no reason to doubt them], this new movement will target the leaders of the Republican Party in an effort at a hostile take-over. My son wisely counsels against reacting with schadenfreude.
What will be the reaction of a Clinton White House? I think the answer is obvious. The rational response, guided by a desire to secure Clinton’s 2020 reelection, will be to move to the right in an effort to scarf up the non-Alt-Right Republicans horrified by the likes of Steve Bannon and his neo-Nazis. Those of us on the left will of course respond by increased pressure on Clinton to move left, or at least not right. But such pressure is likely to be ineffective, especially on a sitting President.
We are in for a very difficult time.