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An Interview With Augustus Invictus

What do you make of the Donald Trump phenomenon?

American Psycho is one of my favorite books. I'd probably put it in the top five novels of all time. One aspect of it that didn't quite make the movie is that Donald Trump is Patrick Bateman's idol. That alone is enough to make me a Trump fan, but it goes deeper than that.

Also to consider is the fact of Trump's cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Though a fun little family film not at all in the genre of the adaptation of Ellis' novel, the second half of Kevin McCallister's saga has every bit as much staying power, and is, by anyone's standard, a true American classic. 

It should be noted that American is the key word to all of this. Donald Trump is as American as baseball and apple pie (though you leftists would certainly debate that these are symbols of the white man's oppression). And that is what his detractors will never understand: he is a phenomenon because he is pure, unfiltered, unapologetic Americana. He is a big, hairy, American winning machine, and that's all there is to it.

I strongly suspect that Trump not only agrees with elements of a lot of neo-reactionary philosophy but has also read it. No matter how childlike he talks as a public figure, he is a seasoned and smart person who has been in the public world a long time. Do you think that this is correct?
To take a phrase from President Schwarzenegger, I think Trump gets paid to lead, not to read. I would be incredibly surprised to learn that he has a shelf of Carl Schmitt and Alain de Benoist books at home.

You rejected the term "white supremacist." As Larry Bernard said, outward appearances feed perceptions. What do you see yourself as and, more importantly, what do you want others to see you as? 

I see myself as Augustus Sol Invictus; my supporters see me as their leader; my detractors see me as the Antichrist. I wouldn't change a thing.

You took on a Latin name, [eliciting] imagery of the Roman era before the embrace of Christianity.  [ACCURATE]
You also participated in a goat sacrifice, so paganism seems to be a big part of your ethos. [ACCURATE & ACCURATE]
Christianity still is in the water for most Americans - how does paganism change your view from that of others?
In a nutshell: Being Pagan, as opposed to Christian, means that I reject the philosophical underpinnings of modern egalitarianism, with all that implies. 

Many libertarians in Florida were upset about you being involved in the Libertarian Party. What is your response to that?
The Libertarian Party - like many other organizations in America - has been infiltrated by leftists. They have used the Party as an outlet for their social justice warrior shenanigans for far too long, and I am putting an end to that. Many Libertarians in Florida are indeed upset about my involvement in the Party - but many others are ecstatic that my advent has caused the leftists to run like cockroaches when the light turns on.

Do you think there is a renaissance in sympathy for the Alternative Right and neo-reactionary feelings and philosophy among many Americans? Why is that? How do you think that will play out in politics?
I don't think the alternative right ever had much of a heyday, so I would be reticent to say that there is any sort of renaissance going on here. But I would say that the alternative right or the Nouvelle Droit or whatever you want to call it is certainly making headway in America, and I think it's about time.

As to why this is the case: The left has been shoving their self-hatred down out throats for two or three generations now. You had to know a backlash was coming sooner or later.

As to how I think it will play out in politics: I have said time and again that there is a Civil War coming to this country. Leftists have no problem shouting at the top of their lungs that we on the right should be ostracized, blacklisted, imprisoned, hanged from lampposts, have our children taken from us [all of which have been said about me, by the way] - and again, that sort of irresponsible rhetoric is going to cause a backlash, sooner or later.


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