Washington Post opinion columnist Jennifer Rubin has drawn a parallel between the Southern Confederacy of the Civil War and the modern-day MAGA movement, and said that “extreme White Christian nationalism” which goes unchecked results in “violence, cruelty and lawlessness.”
“Indeed, the MAGA movement venerates the Confederacy and managed to accomplish what the South never did: stage an assault on the U.S. Capitol bearing the Confederate flag and organize an effort to stave off the peaceful transfer of power. Both the old Confederacy and the MAGA movement pine for a fraudulent past and dress up base racism in a gauzy wrapping of honor, masculinity and military virtue. And the paranoia about an existential crisis that so many MAGA followers share tracks with the Confederacy’s fear that their way of life (slavery) was endangered by Northern forces,” Rubin wrote.
“No, the MAGA movement isn’t advocating for slavery. But it does seek to rewrite the history of race through its fraudulent attack on ‘critical race theory,’ just as Jim Crow defenders sought to refashion the Civil War by erecting monuments to traitorous secessionists. The aim is the same: to exonerate Whites and to recast them as noble victims,” she continued.
MAGA is an acronym that stands for former President Donald Trump’s oft-repeated campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”
“If left undisturbed, the extreme White Christian nationalism of today will inevitably lead to violence, cruelty and lawlessness,” Rubin asserted.
In a piece earlier this year, Rubin claimed that the Republican Party has become devoted to instituting “White Christian nationalism.”
MSNBC host Joy Reid has asserted that the GOP has been consumed by “white Christian* nationalism.”
“The goal of the Republican Party today, is it to seize control of every level of government, to lock out voices of color & LGBTQ voices except those who conform to their demand that history and education uplift white Christian dominion as the one true bedrock of America,” Reid tweeted in May.
“This Dominionism — this white Christian* nationalism — is cultish, sometimes violent, ugly and cruel. It has swallowed the Republican Party whole, it dominates the Supreme Court, and it’s rolling over our state legislatures, school boards, congress and governors mansions,” Reid added.