The political punditry over the use of the controversial term “cuckservative” may have died down this week but the white supremacists who originally popularized the word’s use are still quite pleased about getting credit for bringing the term into mainstream consciousness.
Andrew Anglin, the white supremacist who runs the popular neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, claimed recently that “We have been given a gift with the resonating #cuckservative meme, and we must make certain to milk it for all it’s worth.”
The neologism “cuckservative,” a combination of “conservative" and "cuckold,” is used by white supremacists to describe a white Christian conservative who promotes the interests of Jews and non-whites over those of whites.
For white supremacists, the term is explicitly about race and identity and essentially describes what other white supremacists might term “race traitors.” Who first coined the term is not clear, but what is clear is that white supremacists became its first early adopters.
Many white supremacists using the term “cuckservative” are from the “alternative right” a term used by white supremacists to refer to renegade conservatives who have adopted white supremacist viewpoints and have essentially removed themselves from mainstream conservatism.
The term “cuckservative” likely got its start on social media. In June, someone began using the Twitter handle “The Cuckservative” and posting racist and bigoted tweets but the term may have been in use earlier. On July 15, a blogger named Alfred W. Clark wrote about the term “#cuckservative” in a blog called Occam’s Razor and commented that it was spreading throughout the alternative right.
Richard Spencer, who founded the white supremacist journal Radix and runs the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist “think tank,” re-posted the article in Radix on July 16. One week later, conservative Red State blogger Erick Erickson tweeted that the term was “a slur against Christian voters coined by white supremacists.”
From there, political commentators from both the left and right began writing about the term cuckservative and arguing that it had made its way into mainstream conservatism when it appears that few people other than white supremacists were using the term. Some commentators made reference to Rush Limbaugh using it on his talk show radio program on July 22 but Limbaugh actually did not mention the word cuckservative but used similar language saying that Donald Trump was different from “your average, ordinary, cuckolded Republican.”
White supremacists routinely seek to insert their slogans—and ideas—into the mainstream, trying to find a wider audience for their views. From their so-called “14 words” slogan (“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”) to white supremacist Bob Whitaker’s numerous racist propaganda mantras (e.g., “Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white”), white supremacists have tried many times—generally without success—to have their ideas become part of the public conversation. For them, acceptance of cuckservative into mainstream discourse seems a rare “victory.”
White supremacists hope that the publicity surrounding cuckservative may attract disaffected whites, angry at or dissatisfied with popular mainstream conservatives, to their own radically racist movement instead.
In recent weeks, a range of white supremacists have written about the importance of the cuckservative meme to the racist right. Kevin MacDonald, a retired anti-Semitic professor and a leader in the white supremacist American Freedom Party, wrote in his online journal Occidental Observer that the cuckservative meme is “brash, witty” and “a new art form.” He added that the meme is “a great example of the new intellectual and moral confidence among white advocates,” and that its popularity shows that “internet-savvy and socially adept Whites” are attracted to the white supremacist cause.
Greg Johnson, who founded the white supremacist online journal Counter-Currents, said in a recent article on that site that the “cuckservative controversy is an important opportunity for White Nationalists.” He adds that it was an opportunity for white Americans to realize that “whites are being demographically displaced because of political policies.”
In an article in the white supremacist journal Radix, Gregory Hood, a writer for a number of white supremacist online publications, asserted that the cuckservative meme shows that the “alt.Right is ironic, subversive and cynical. It’s about turning the tactics of the Left back on itself, deconstructing the tropes and narratives forced upon us.”
Spencer claimed that “#Cuckservative is, put simply, important: it has gotten under the skin of our enemies and has become a harbinger for something beyond conservatism. Thus, it is important that we get it right—and not allow the meme to be turned into just another synonym for ‘liberal.’”
The term “cuckservative” like most neologisms, probably will have a limited shelf-life, but white supremacists hope its usage will continue far into the future.