For some months in 2016 and 2017, it seemed as if the alt-right revolution was overtaking the West- the successful Brexit vote in June followed by the election of Donald Trump in November, it seemed the West was falling to a powerful far-right wave.
But, since the election of Donald Trump, the far-right has been hit by numerous setbacks in a time that many predicted they would soon consume the West. Austrians rejected far-right nationalist Norbert Hofer for President in January, a man who the Internation Business Times describes as a neo-fascist. After that, the Netherlands swatted down Geert Wilders political ambitions in their March Parliamentary Elections, with his PVV party isolated to a minority party without a say in the now-forming coalition government. And, just recently, the long-awaited French Presidential election resulted in a resounding victory for pro-European centrism with Le Pen defeated handily by Emmanuel Macron at a projected 65.8% to 34.2% margin.
As one can see, since November the far-right wave has been swatted back within Europe, and Americans are now feeling the same. Trump is the most unpopular newly-elected President since the beginning of Gallup polling, hovering around a 40% approval rating. The alt-right around the world has built itself up as a significant minortiy in most of the West, but projections of its utter domination over the West for the next few years have been cut short in an anti-reactionary counterwave.
What does this mean for America? Americans are very unhappy with Trump, he has enjoyed a consistently low approval rating for his whole term in office. Anti-GOP sentiment is rising too as the party has scrambled to ally itself with the new far-right movement within the United States, but this has mostly resulted in the rest of the electorate feeling isolated from the GOP. Independents are fleeing the Republican party in droves, with only 35% of Independents approving of Trump compared to 65% approval of Obama. Democrat support of Trump is also unusually low for a Republican President, with only 8% of Democrats approving of Trump.
Just as the rising tide of the alt-right captured Europe temporarily with far-right parties establishing their own stand-alone political parties or forcing conservative parties to capitulate to their demands, the similar anti-reactionary counterwave going through Europe right now can have a mirrored effect on the US with a Democrat win in 2018 Midterms and eventually reclaiming the Presidency again in 2020. Republicans are already experiencing a powerful town-hall wave reminiscient of the 2010 Midterms anti-Democratic wave that lost Democrats their Congressional majority. Macron’s victory over Le Pen and the xenophobic National Front will have major implications for politics throughout the West, signifying a newly forming tipping point against the far-right revolution.