what jumps out most about this "unity" tripe today is how conservative rhetoric now is fully, 100 percent bad faith bullshit. these people compulsively cook up the most annoying way to claim victimhood for each and every situation
I remember back before say, 2015 or so, when there used to be at least some dialogue and argument between right and left online. nobody ever convinced anybody of anything but I think people were restrained by the need to be minimally plausible and consistent
what Trump taught the right is that if you are completely shameless all the time, you gain a sort of political superpower. you can get away with (almost) anything, at the cost of dissolving any substantive goals in a stew of culture war grievance, ressentiment, and lunacy
yes, Sartre is right here. but the price of doing this is high, as it ends with a whole political movement unable to think in the slightest
perfect example. here's a guy absolutely frantic to find some way to distract from the monstrous evil of his political movement

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