All along the question has been what it would take for Donald Trump’s base to turn against him. And all along the presumptive answer has been that it may not be possible. But Trump’s shocking firing today of White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, after just eleven days on the job, has at least one prominent Trump supporter sounding like’s on the verge of turning against him entirely.
Alt-right conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich, whose blog more or less exists to try to further Donald Trump’s agenda, had a startled response to Trump’s hiring of Scaramucci. He began by tweeting that “The loss of Mooch is devasting for reasons I can’t go into. He was going to run next generation media strategy. No way to spin, this is bad.” He then took what appeared to be a thinly veiled shot at Trump’s character: “Mooch sold his company, and this is what happens. After this, only swamp monsters and those without other options will work for Trump WH.”
After that, Cernovich posted a lengthy video in which he was clearly dejected and agitated at what had just transpired. He asked the question of why anyone with other good career options would even consider going to work for Donald Trump after this. Of course if Cernovich had paid even remote attention to Trump’s decades in the business world, he’d have known that loyalty has only ever been a one way street for Trump, and that he’s always been willing to destroy the lives of his allies in order to keep his failing endeavors afloat.
While the anti-Trump resistance is surely pleased to see that a pro-Trump propagandist like Mike Cernovich is having a bad day, there’s a more important element to this. Cernovich is as big of a fan of Trump as can be, and has been tightly married to him. If even people like him are publicly and angrily calling shenanigans on Trump because of how he used up Scaramucci and quickly discarded him, it’s a sign that Trump’s base can be rattled by his increasingly psychotic behavior – and they can turn against him.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report