Magazine December 5, 2016, Issue

Don’t Mainstream the Alt-Right

It opposes constitutional democracy and is bad for America

Donald Trump’s election could be a magnificent opportunity for the country. Despite his character defects and less than stellar adherence to anything remotely approaching a conservative philosophy, Trump will have a Republican-controlled Congress as his co-equal — and will need their cooperation to undo a bevy of nasty Obama policies. Trump’s victory could usher in an era of a conservative renewal.

It could also mainstream a despicable fringe of Trump supporters known as the alt-right. Trump’s most ardent fan base in the primaries and the general election sprang from the alt-right. Its adherents don’t believe in constitutional conservatism, since, according to

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Mr. Shapiro is the host of the podcast The Ben Shapiro Show, the editor emeritus of The Daily Wire, and the author of How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps and The Right Side of History.

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