So let's dispense with the "It's just a hat" crap and deal with what wearing that particular hat actually means.
Anyone who has argued with a conspiracy theorist immediately recognizes the disconnect from rational facts that Trump's many supporters exhibit.
This "great" America was a myth. A lie. A fabrication. There was nothing about America that made it "great". It was something that was missing: competition.
Even pluralism, a core virtue of American conservatism, has its limits, and a patriot can not, must not, tolerate the intolerable.
No matter how tugged our heart strings may be, a bad policy doesn't become a good policy and a deficit doesn't become a surplus.
The vile sickness that infests our national government isn't new, it's just common to both major parties now.
Conservatives have an obligation to be truth tellers, holding fast to principles of rationalism and honesty, even if we do it alone.
Take Trump supporters at their word that Trumpism necessarily assumes White Nationalism, because it does.
Why should we care at all about "virtue"? Because people will protest over the political. They will kill over virtue.