Where Did “Cuckservative” Come From?

Chris Roberts, American Renaissance, October 22, 2016

Gregory Hood is at least its godfather.

When the word “cuckservative” caught on in summer of 2015, I didn’t think it was going to last. Now over a year has passed and it is safe to say I was wrong. Not only does the word have its own Wikipedia page, it has now become so embedded in our political lexicon that liberals use it. Last month when Ted Cruz finally, explicitly, endorsed Donald Trump for president, Matt Yglesias of Vox tweeted:

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Once both sides of the aisle use the same phrase, it’s is here to stay. American Renaissance has helped promote “cuckservative” by defining it fully last July, and then publishing an open letter to cuckservatives by Jared Taylor.

But where did the term come from? The answer seems to be: Gregory Hood, our movement’s finest essayist. While he may not have been the first to use the actual portmanteau, he laid the groundwork by explicitly linking “Conservatism Inc.” and cuckoldry. In his May 2014 essay, “For Others and Their Prosperity,” he wrote:

It’s not entirely true that American conservatives are without a sense of race. After all, John McCain channeled a kind of Bizarro Miguel Serrano when he said, “Anyone who is afraid that somehow our culture will be anything but enriched by fresh blood and culture, in my view, has a distorted view of history and has a pessimistic view of our future.” Jeb Bush brags about the “fertility” of the new Hispanic America he is trying to create, and cuckold conservatives like Matt Lewis actually gloat about whites “not having babies.” However, in any of these cases, if whites actually were to start having babies or the American polity implemented pro-natal policies, can anyone doubt these same people would call it “un-American”?

It is significant that he singled out Matt Lewis as a prime example of a “cuckold conservative.” Mr. Lewis was one of the first mainstream conservative commenters to write about and condemn “cuckservative” back in July of 2015. Aside from that, Mr. Lewis spent most of 2015 and early 2016 condemning Donald Trump and promoting the candidacy of Marco Rubio.

Later in 2014, Gregory Hood again tied cuckoldry to debased conservatives. In his essay, “The Last War Against the Last Man” he noted:

Liberalism relies upon whipping up continuous hatred against prospective anti-liberals.The rights of church or family are swiftly abandoned if government repression is performed in the sacred name of “anti-fascism.” And although some of it may just be acquiescence due to fear, the fact remains that more people believe in anti-racism in the West than sincerely believe in God–and those that believe in God probably believe He and anti-racism are the same thing. Indeed, we may have something worse than the Last Man–the Proud Cuckold who is willing to fight, but only in defense of his own degradation.

A month later, Mr. Hood expanded on this observation in one of his best-ever essays, “The War on Whites is All They Have,” saying:

The open scorn displayed for the white race by other whites is no longer status seeking. It’s just crude hatred. It’s a transition from social proof into outright race cuckoldry, deriving self-worth and moral satisfaction from the degradation of your kinsmen. It’s no longer a social phenomenon, but seemingly a biological one, the genetic death spiral of whites who do not have a future, and are proud to die out.

These three essays were all published a year before the suddenly prolific use of “cuckservative” on Twitter. Although Mr. Hood never merged the words “conservative” and “cuckold,” whoever did must have been reading him. While I wish American Renaissance had published at least one of the three essays quoted above, I am proud to note that AR published Mr. Hood’s first-ever essay back in 2008, and has regularly carried his writings for over eight years. And thanks to reader support, we will continue to publish Mr. Hood indefinitely, to the chagrin of every cuckservative everywhere.

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Chris Roberts is Director of Special Projects at American Renaissance.
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