While Trump seems to have a lock on the Republican party establishment, we should not assume that his support among the Republican base is also rock solid. There are of course die-hard people who will never desert him, as there are in any cult, but others will peel away with time as they slowly come to realize that he is a paper tiger who talks big but cannot deliver.
The case of one Proud Boys leader illustrates this phenomenon.
Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean lashed out at President Donald Trump, accusing him of misleading his supporters and then deserting them despite their unwavering loyalty.
“We are now and always have been on our own. So glad he was able to pardon a bunch of degenerates as his last move and s— on us on the way out,” Nordean said in an expletive-laden message about the former president. “F— you trump you left us on [t]he battle field bloody and alone.”
“I’ve followed this guy for 4 years and given everything and lost it all. Yes he woke us up, but he led us to believe some great justice was upon us…and it never happened,” Nordean wrote on Jan. 20, after Proud Boys members were charged, “now I’ve got some of my good friends and myself facing jail time cuz we followed this guys lead and never questioned it.”
Expect to see more such cases.