I don't think it's a coincidence that this group includes no women.
A theme of the Trump years has been *forced choice*. Eg: I favor low taxes and low tariffs. Trump forced me to choose.

Something similar happened again and again with issues of much greater moral consequence than taxes/tariffs. And by forcing choices again and again ... 1/x
... Trump forced many of us in active politics to confront new realities.

Trump put racism, misogyny, cruelty, corruption, authoritarianism on a giant billboard and forced us all to look. Could we accept? Those who said No found themselves in tandem with others who said No. 2/x
Trump pushed Never Trump Republicans into partnership with moderate Democrats - and prodded even formerly conservative minded people - to see power in ideas like Me Too and Black Lives Matter.

But that same rearrangement of politics created other new partnerships too. 3/x
And that's what we're seeing in this fusion of the pro-Trump right with factions of the far left. Both are mistrustful of US power as a force for good. Both recoil from "centrism." And both have heard quite enough from women and minorities, thank you very much. 4/x
It's early. But you can begin to discern the shape of things to come.

Update and correction: At the beginning of the thread, I referenced “the writers of the Federalist” alongside 5 named men as examples of a new political faction. That was a mistake for two reasons ...
First, many of the writers for the Federalist are of course women. Second, many writers for the Federalist remain recognizably "conservative," as conservatism existed pre-Trump. I was carelessly over-general, and I regret it.

I fell into the mistake because ...
I was trying to describe something unfamiliar, something surprising - even mysterious.

Old patterns are dissolving into something new. The maps of politics inherited from pre-Trump days have gone out of date. But good maps need to be very precise. I failed on that count above.

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