Shortly after severing ties with Michelle Malkin on Sunday, Young America’s Foundation released a statement on Twitter pontificating that “there is no room in mainstream conservatism or at YAF for holocaust deniers, white nationalists, street brawlers, or racists.”
None of those tired, uninspired labels apply to Michelle Malkin, a woman of color who has never denied the holocaust or “brawled” in the street.
The “no room in mainstream conservatism or at YAF” part of that statement, however, is tellingly accurate. The power structure that holds the puppet strings of the conservative intelligencia has repeatedly proven its desire to expel voices that do not tow the party line on worshipping GDP and mass legal migration.
Malkin noted in her response on Twitter that the buzzwords used in YAF’s statement are copied and pasted directly from the talking points of the fringe-left Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Keepers of the Gate have spoken. #AmericaFirst is not "mainstream." My defense of unjustly prosecuted Proud Boys, patriotic young nationalists/groypers & demographic truth-tellers must not be tolerated. SPLC is cheering. https://t.co/yYyqocx1T5
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) November 17, 2019
National File reported last week on establishment backlash against Malkin for refusing to disavow America First citizen activists:
Malkin has taken a firm stance on the America First side of the current GOP power struggle, and the frenzied backlash from the beltway establishment has been palpable.
Amidst calls for Malkin to distance herself from and disavow young conservatives concerned with mass migration, she took the podium at a UCLA Young Americans for Freedom event Thursday night to make her position clear:
I’ve done YAF events for nearly 20 years. Usually, such speeches are aimed at the left and the Democrats to show how they’re wrong or evil or have double standards or how they’re the real haters or the real racists. All those things are true and I have made these arguments in earnest many, many times over the years. But tonight is not about you, Lefties. Tonight, my remarks are directed at the young men and women of this country who identify as America First conservatives. How many proud Americans standing up for American freedom and sovereignty do we have in the room?
I know what it’s like to be in your shoes, feeling marginalized on a crazy college campus for standing up for your pro-life, pro-gun, pro-free speech, pro-Western values and fighting for your country. I also have two teenagers who have been through experiences like you have, sitting in classrooms where abject stupidity and emotionalism have replaced logic, reason, and the pursuit of truth.
Malkin went on to reference attempts by the establishment to brand young, Trump-supporting America First conservatives as lonely, ignorant incels:
That is why I will not be using my platform and my position to insult you, marginalize you, and shout you down. Just a couple of days ago here on this very campus, former Fox News hostess Kimberly Guilfoyle sneered that young conservative men in MAGA hats asking inconvenient questions were rude losers who could only get dates online and who were embarrassing their parents. Another YAF speaker, Ben Shapiro, repeatedly denigrated an entire movement of young men who watch a YouTuber named Nick Fuentes and are seeking answers to tough questions about where America is headed as masturbating losers in their basements who share memes. As a mom with brilliant right-thinking kids who, yes, live in my basement, and, yes, share memes, I found these obsessive references to young people’s dating lives and habits by prominent conservative media personalities much older than their targets to be tellingly defensive and touchy. Also: creepy.
The current power struggle between the Republican establishment and the America First paleoconservative movement reveals that while there may be no room for voices like Malkin at YAF and other religious institutions of neoliberalism, in the real world there is no room for YAF and the rest of Conservative Inc. in actual conservatism.
This article was amended to clarify that YAF severed ties with Michelle Malkin. She was not employed by the organization.