During the peak of Trump defragment syndrome, being a supporter of the 45th U.S. President was seen by many on the right side of the political argument as an act of defiance against an increasingly hostile left-wing opposition and corrupt mainstream media.
At the height of the 2016 United States presidential election as candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battled it out for the upcoming vacant position of President of the United States, those who donned the trademark Make America Great Again embroidered red hat were mocked, ridiculed and looked down upon with sheer disgust and bemusement by sneering Democrats and those on the left alike, including supposedly impartial legacy media outlets who unfairly and with outward bias lambasted those who dared show any kind of fervour for the then-Republican candidate as thick, uneducated and racist.
This kind of condescension and patronizing disdain were common behaviours a punk sporting a purple 4inch mohawk in the mid-70s was subjected to. Punk was a sub-culture response to outdated mainstream and commercialised rock music and found an audience with those often marginalised and misunderstood. Unfiltered and unaffected by all of the usual social restrictions and conformity imposed on them by government and authority, those who embraced the punk lifestyle and ideology saw themselves as anti-authoritarian and free speech crusaders.
In a generation that is easily offended, Trump became the new Punk.
Donald Trump represented everything anti-establishment that left career politicians and legacy media journalists quivering in their shoes. For the first time, the masses were beginning to think for themselves.
Trump was politically incorrect and spoke (and tweeted) directly what was on his mind without any kind of political protocol or restraint. He was refreshing, spoke the same language as his supporters, and resonated with many who found his views and policies inspiring and relevant.
Trump was abrasive, brutally honest, and had the conviction to implode (and offended) the establishment. Trump was not a politician, not in the traditional sense of the word anyway. He was a brash New Yorker with no flitter, a working man who represented the working class in America, working-class voices that for so long had gone unheard.
In one of his most ''punk'' moments, then-presidential candidate Trump set the stage ablaze against the liberal establishment as he announced his intention to run for President of the United States, who for so long had told people what to say and what to think.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said in his campaign kick-off speech. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
If you were anti-migration, you were immediately labelled a far-right fascist by lazy journalists who could never resist dubbing anyone whose political linings they vehemently disagreed with as the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler. By daring to speak out against the globalist agenda of borderless mass immigration which for so long had negatively impacted the lives of marginalised and working-class citizens, Trump had gone against the script, and those on the left and the legacy media were furious.
Beginning with his inauguration on January 20, 2017, and ending with his eventual (potentially rigged) exit on January 20, 2021, President Donald Trump delivered a barrage of insults, home truths and tweets that trigged a legion of leftists into immense anger, frustration and disbelief.
From proclaiming that former 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain wasn’t much of a war hero due to being taken prisoner in Vietnam, to leading the nation in united chants of 'Build the wall, build the wall', Trump delivered punk moment after punk moment, and the establishment reacted badly every single time.
“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” Trump announced as thousands of jubilant supporters cheered for their political saviour.
The anti-establishment had found its voice in Trump just as marginalised groups had found purpose and empowerment in punk. The Punk ideology was a social and political belief that originated out of working-class angst and the frustrations many were feeling about economic issues and neglect of working people and their struggles to survive. Punk has always been associated with pro-working-class, anti-establishment, freedom, anti-authoritarianism, anti-corporate culture/corruption, free thought and non-conformity, everything Trump stood for and represented.
For so long the left has filled all the higher institutions of society. They continue to do so today. They control Hollywood and the music industry, they control the art world and they control popular culture, yet still claim to be counter-culture nonconformists railing against the mainstream. But how can you be a rebel when your name is Meryl Streep and your net worth is $65 Million?
The problem with this logic is, the left is the ultimate conformist, the left is the mainstream media and the left is the establishment. In the land that left-leaning conformists helped shape and design, being politically correct became the new normal.
The word "punk" usually evokes images of angry hooligans and anarchic behaviour, the same unruly feral behaviour seen in organised Antifa riots and the same degenerate anarchy displayed at Black Lives Matter protests that saw buildings and cities crumple down in flames in the wake of the death of George Floyd. However, while the similarities may be microscopic, the left is not the oppressed minorities bringing down the system they heroically imagine themselves to be.
This sentiment couldn’t be further expressed better than by the Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten, the lead singer of the iconic English punk rock band which defined a generation of Punk in the late '70s who has spoken favourably of President Trump and the Maga movement.
The “God Save the Queen” singer once said in a 2017 interview that the U.S. President was a “complicated fellow” but blamed the “left-wing media” for dubbing Trump racist.
“One journalist once said to me, ‘is he the political Sex Pistol?’
‘In a way, he is” Rotten said.
“There are many, many problems with him as a human being but he’s not racist and there just might be a chance something good will come out of that situation because he terrifies politicians.”
He added: “This is a joy to behold for me. Dare I say, Trump could be a possible friend?”
In 2018, the former Sex Pistols frontman was photographed wearing a Make America Great Again shirt before confirming he had voted for Trump in the then-upcoming 2018 Presidential Election, describing his support for Trump as deriving from his background as a working-class Englishman from London while also accusing US media outlets such as CNN of being influenced by liberal ideology.
In a politically correct society in which pronouns, gender identities and oppression have become the status quo, a straight-talking New Yorker and a working-class punk rocker have more in common than you probably think. Punk is anti-establishment, and the established authority loathes Trump, therefore, Maga is absolutely, positively punk.