Weirdly (but I don’t think inappropriately) I keep thinking about “Punk Rock” when I consider Trump, the alt-right (YES, there are differences between the two), Kanye, Curt Schilling, and other avid social media flamethrowers. They all seem only interested in some modern mutant version of “Punk Rock” provocation, of ruffling as many feathers as possible, of (forgive the mixed metaphors) inducing mass pearl clutching, than in actually advancing any coherent idea, any policy agenda, or even any ideology outside of anarchy/nihilism/outrage.
For these “celebrities”, it’s all self-promotion and media attention leading to . . . more self-promotion and more media attention!? An endless loop.