Cuckservative Is Tearing The Republican Party Apart

Jessica Renae Buxbaum
A new Internet slur is dividing the Republican Party between the moderate Republican and the extremist, pushing the party towards a platform that promotes racism and misogyny.

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A new Internet slur is dividing the Republican Party between the everyday Republican who occasionally supports a traditionally democratic idea (immigration reform, for instance) and the blatantly racist conservative who leans more towards white supremacy ideals.

As Salon writes, a cuckservative "is short for a cuckolded conservative. It’s not about a Republican whose wife is cheating on him, but one whose country is being taken away from him, and who’s too cowardly to do anything about it.”

The cuckservative meme is slobbered in racist intent and misogyny and a callous attempt by conservative extremists to call out Republicans for not being conservative enough, specifically on issues of race. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has been repeatedly called out as cuckservative for his support of immigration reform (as opposed to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s idea of just building a wall).

With one insult, extremists attempt to emasculate members of their own party for siding with minorities rather than upholding the assumed and discriminatory ideal that America is and should remain for the white man.

The real trigger with this language is the implications and predictors that it is foreshadowing for the party’s direction. The trending hashtag, fitting in with the continued dominance of Trump in the polls, highlights a new mainstream for the Republican party: that extremism is the norm. Racism and sexism are now forefronts of the party and if one candidate veers slightly away from that agenda, then according to those extremists, he or she is not a real conservative. 

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