"Grenell referred to Kurz as a “rock star” in the interview, and explained, “I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders. I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left”
On this, I fear that he is correct. The way the EMU is structured, when countries run into financial troubles, they essentially have to privatize the state for pennies on the dollar and have to commit to austerity, which many countries in the EMU have done. There is no way, unlike the US system, to distribute surpluses from one country to another. We do that with states like California, who pay more in taxes than it gets in aid from the federal government. That surplus is transferred, at least in part, to places like Mississippi. A large portion of Mississippi’s economy is federal aid. Nothing like that exists in Germany, so its surpluses necessarily come at the expense of countries like Greece and Spain. So, leftists parties are elected there, and their platforms are impossible with the way the EU is currently structured. The fascists are now coming along, identify the status quo in Europe as “the left”, even though the policies are far right wing, and they are offering to throw a wrench into the system.
In the US, it is different. The opposition to the right wing here is the Democratic Party, which offers no real alternative and supports the same rough economic model globally that the far right does. The “centrist” bullshit that those running the party still support has created a context where someone like Trump can emerge from, and the only thing to change that context is radically different parties. Well, they can’t put in place radically different and progressive policies because their donors control them and those policies would undermine their power. So, the “left” in our system is the fucking Democratic Party, and it has clearly failed working people, the poor and communities of color. That results in massively low turnout, a huge gap between popular opinion and government policy and creates a context where a monster like Trump can emerge from. And since they offer no real alternative, if they get power, they will support a range of policies that continue to make things worse, which means the context that created Trump will remain. The next Trump won’t be so incompetent, but those running the DNC and organizations like the DCCC will be. Not a good situation.