Europe Has Turned Right — Could Donald Trump Lead the Way for U.S. Next?

Europeans have rebelled. They are dumping their liberal, long-ruling parties, exhausted with suffocating climate dictates that have driven prices higher, a loss of sovereignty to the E.U., and unchecked immigration that has driven costs skyrocketing.

Are Americans far behind? Will voters in the U.S. fire Joe Biden, along with his dangerous open border, his ridiculous E.V. mandates, and his inflationary spending, and return to common sense and Donald Trump?

Polls suggest it just might happen — but it wouldn’t be the first and probably won’t be the last time Europe has led us.

The British people upended the dominant Labour Party in 1979, which had ruled for 11 of the previous 15 years, and chose Margaret Thatcher, Conservative Party leader, to be the first female prime minister in the country. Her party promised to promote and uphold the rule of law, bolster the defense of the U.K., and reduce the role of government. 

Eighteen months later, incumbent Democrat President Jimmy Carter was trounced by conservative Republican Ronald Reagan, who won 489 Electoral College votes to Carter’s 49, running on a very similar platform. 

In both cases, the Establishment was spurned by the voters. In both cases, voters were proven right. Both Reagan and Thatcher were credited — by voters but not necessarily the mainstream media — with turning around the economies of their countries by embracing the free markets, lower taxes, growth, and less regulation. Thatcher won reelections by landslides in 1983 and 1987 and was the prime minister for the most extended length during the 20th century.

Ronald Reagan was also reelected by a landslide in 1984, carrying 49 of 50 states.

British voters once again stunned the Western world in June 2016 by voting to leave the European Union, defying establishment voices on both sides of the Atlantic, including the liberal media, prominent think tanks, business leaders, and even former President Obama. 

Brits rebelled against the micromanaging of their country by E.U. bureaucrats in Brussels, who regulated every aspect of everyday life, including energy efficiency, food packaging, cross-border health care, safety at sea, the import of ferrets, labeling fish for sale, and mass immigration.

Only six months later, Americans similarly ignored the voices of the Establishment and elected Donald Trump president. The New York Times they were predicted confidently 21 days out that Democrat Hillary Clinton had a 91% chance of winning and was the choice of Hollywood, liberal elites, business leaders, and academia.

Where Hillary Clinton came up short was with average working-class American voters, who came to believe the Democrat Party no longer represented their interests — the same individuals who voted for Brexit.

The recent elections in Europe carry a similar message. Voters in France, Germany, and elsewhere see their countries as threatened by unchecked immigration and harmful green energy policies. They believe their elitist leaders, including France’s Emmanuel Macron, whose approval rating now sits at 24%, are out of touch with their issues and needs.

Climate alarmists have held Europe captive for more than a decade, causing the shuttering of fossil fuel plants, ill-planned, hasty conversion to unreliable renewable sources of energy, and strictures on the use of appliances. They have additionally caused significant damage to their powerful auto industries. 

The final result of this climate frenzy is that wholesale electricity prices, for instance, in Germany, soared from 37.8 euros per megawatt hour in May 2019 to 67.3 last month — an increase of almost 80% over the past five years. The government’s energy dictates — shutting down nuclear plants, banning fracking, and so on, also left Germany (along with other countries) vulnerable to being cut off from the flow of Russian gas into Europe because of the Ukraine War. This event skyrocketed German electricity prices to a historic high of 699.4 euros in 2022.

Like in America, Germans have seen their incomes clobbered by increasing prices, a large portion of which is significant energy costs, but not the only component.

Inflation almost reached 9% in 2022 and then again in early 2023. During the past 15 quarters since the pandemic, real wage growth has been negative in nine. 

France is in the same situation. Protests against environmental regulations that increased the cost of fuel inspired the anti-government working-class Yellow Vest movement starting in 2018 — this year, it is farmers in Europe.

Farmers and the French across the continent have braked at climate initiatives aimed, in some cases, at pushing them out of business.

In the Netherlands, the government announced plans to close down as many as 3,000 farms in 2022 to reach controversial E.U. emission reduction goals; voters responded by electing an anti-immigrant, far-right leader in 2023. In recent E.U. elections, however, they doubled down.

European Green parties recently lost about one-third of their seats in the European Parliament as voters saw Europe’s extreme climate agenda as costly and elitist.

The same trend could emerge in America. President Joe Biden’s White House has allocated hundreds of billions of dollars, as the Inflation Reduction Act authorized, to subsidize electric vehicles and reduce emissions. Voters discovered recently from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg that even with a budget of $7.5 billion, the government has only managed to construct eight E.V. charging stations in three years. It’s not exactly confidence-inspiring.

Voters in the United States, like Europeans, are also furious about out-of-control immigration; with Joe Biden’s open border, millions have illegally entered the U.S. 

The collapse is a risk to national security and has driven wages down. Voters rate it as one of their top worries and blame Biden.

In November, Americans will have the opportunity to change the country’s direction as Europeans recently voted. Polling suggests politicians that lean right will soon lead Italy, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Greece. Polls also suggest Donald Trump will join them, again following their lead.