There’s a civil war raging within the American right. On one side, we find a trio of more-or-less mainstream conservatives: Republican strategist Rick Wilson; Daily Caller writer Matt Lewis, and the National Review’s Jamie Kirchick. On the other, Alexander Hart, a regular contributor to the white supremacist site VDare.com.
At issue: whether or not Alt Right dudes are a bunch of loser weirdos who can’t get laid.
Wilson started this conflict by declaring, in a now infamous appearance on MSNBC this January, that Donald Trump’s fans in the Alt-Right were basically a bunch of “childless single men who masturbate to anime,” not the sort of people “who matter in the overall course of humanity.”
Kirchick reignited the controversy by declaring, in a recent episode of Lewis’ podcast, that he didn’t know just “how successful these guys are with women,” adding that, as far as he could tell, none of the budding white supremacists who attended the genteel racist shindig that was the National Policy Institute’s conference last month “had any women attached to them.”
He noted that these guys were quick to resort to “homophobic insults,” which — wink wink nudge nudge — “is usually a manifestation of someone who has a problem with their own sexual identity.”
Lewis said that it sounded as though Alt-Right dudes were the kind of person who can pass for normal online but “when you meet them face to face you can tell that they’re weird.”
In other words, they were a bunch of losers. Possibly even a bunch of la-hoo-sa-hers.
On VDare, Hart is having none of it.
After quoting the terrible accusations of loserhood leveled at Alt-Right dudes by Kirchick and Lewis, Hart replies with a vehement nuh-uh.
“When I first attended an Alt Right meet up,” Hart writes,
I would not have been surprised to find a bunch of socially awkward program-coders. But while there were quite a few people who worked in IT (though they weren’t socially awkward), most worked in politics, law, finance and other high status professions, many with degrees from elite institutions.
Totally not a bunch of losers and weirdos!
Also they are very handsome fellows. And the ladies love them!
On average, they were better looking and in much better physical shape than the stereotypically fat and/or weak conservative functionaries … Their age ranged from the early 20s to late 30s, and the majority of those over 30 were married … .
MARRIED. To WOMEN, presumably. So obviously they totally CAN get laid.
Not only that, but Hart recently had dinner with a guy he knew in high school, and who now considers himself Alt-Right. Turns out the guy works at a top law firm and has “an attractive wife and three kids.”
Hart doesn’t spell it out but the existence of these three kids means that his friend has actually had sex with his attractive wife three times or more.
Unless she had triplets or something. But even then he at least had sex with her once!
Alas, Hart does not provide any photographic evidence to prove the existence of handsome Alt-Righters and their hot wives. But the reason he can’t isn’t that they aren’t handsome. It’s that if you come out as a nasty little racist who spends most of his free time posting Holocaust jokes on 4chan, your neighbors, and co-workers, and perhaps your employer as well, are likely to think a bit less of you.
Or, as Hart puts it:
The Alt Right is not anonymous because we’re “losers”—but because we (and our families) have so much to lose.
Of course, there are downsides of an anonymous movement. It’s easy for people like Rick Wilson and Matt Lewis to claim we are all “weirdos” when few can show their faces to defend themselves. They could easily claim I’m just another anonymous loser who is creating a false persona for myself and fellow basement dwellers.
Dude, here’s the thing. I don’t actually care if you and your comrades on the far right are super handsome ladies men or a bunch of grotesque trolls literally living in mom’s basement. Because what makes you guys ugly losers isn’t the way you look. It’s the horrible things you believe.