Today’s Republican Party has become hopelessly immersed in the smarmy depths of the Cult of Trump. And there is no better indicator of just how deeply it has sunk than the response of one particular Donald Trump toady who lost his bid for reelection on Tuesday.
Madison Cawthorn made the unforgivable sin of casting a negative glow on his fellow Republicans when he exposed them as revelers in cocaine sex parties. Never mind his QAnon conspiracy theorizing, his efforts to undermine democracy, or his rabid racism. Cawthorn had to learn that maligning your GOP brethren is virtually the only thing that will get you cast out of the party.
However, after Cawthorn’s humiliating loss in the Republican primary, he demonstrated that he remains in the cold embrace of Trumpism with the release of a statement saying in part that…
“It’s time for the rise of the new right, it’s time for Dark MAGA to truly take command. We have an enemy to defeat, but we will never be able to defeat them until we defeat the cowardly and weak members of our own party. Their days are numbered. We are coming.”
That should send a shiver down your spine, or at least a hearty guffaw through your spinning head. Cawthorn is clearly adrift in the bowels of extremist crackpottery. He is among the irredeemable Deplorables of the ultra-right. And his reference to the cartoon villainy of “Dark MAGA” makes this a good time to reprise the following primer on the subject:
Dark MAGA? Is A Mash Up of Trump and QAnon Forming that is Even More Dangerous and Violent?
If you thought that the dystopian cult that sprung from Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) crusade was bad, you aint seen nothin’ yet. The messiah worship that is prevalent among the Trumpist wackos is continuing to evolve in the most foreboding fashion imaginable.
Newsweek is reporting on the emergence of an offshoot of the Trump Cult that has been anointed “Dark MAGA.” The article describes this budding Internet trend as…
“A small fringe of Donald Trump’s supporters [that] is calling for the former president to get back on the highest stage of U.S. politics with a vengeance with the motto: #DarkMAGA. More of a meme than a political slogan, Dark MAGA is a post-alt-right aesthetic that promotes an authoritarian version of Trump.”
One has to wonder how “an authoritarian version of Trump” differs from the version that has been polluting American society for the past several years. Setting aside the obvious similarities, Newsweek goes on to paint a chilling, but accurate portrait of the Dark MAGA minions saying that…
“Dark MAGA supporters are calling for a ruthless, unforgiving version of Trump to take revenge on his political enemies at the 2024 election [and that] Many of the messages posted by Dark MAGA supporters incite violence and contain misogynistic and/or racist comments.”
Once again, how does that make these MAGAts in any way distinguishable from the standard variety of Trumpish pestilence? Is there some obscure Trump sect that is NOT ruthless, unforgiving, vengeful, and hateful? If so, they’re doing a darn good job of concealing their existence. And from their secret lair they still manage to promulgate the themes of MAGAism. Which are conspicuously similar to those of QAnon:
“According to [UNC Prof. Alice E.] Marwick, the result of this is a ‘heavy victim mentality’ among some Trump supporters. ‘The general messaging that the Democrats are evil, that children are under threat, that people may need to take extreme acts, even political violence to protect their children and their values, I think is consistent across the (far-right) spectrum,’ says Marwick.”
So the question as to the alleged dawning of Dark MAGA is this: Is it really any darker than what produced the January 6th insurrection? The promotion of white nationalism? The loss of 1,000,000+ Americans due to COVID? The treasonous embrace of murderous tyrants like Vladimir Putin? The contempt for the Constitution and the law? The spreading of racism, misogyny, and homophobia? The ceaseless lying? The undermining of democracy? The defiling of faith? The division of the American people? The assault on the free press and the media? And the march toward authoritarianism?
MAGA is already a movement that has sought to sabotage virtually every institution that sustains a free society: government, law, media, arts, academia, science, religion, family, philanthropy, and economics. And the advent of Dark MAGA doesn’t alter that one bit. It is simply a new name for an old poison. It is nothing more than the already noxious manifestation of Dark Trump. And the antidote is still the glaring light of truth and a commitment to flushing Trumpism out of the body politic.
Cawthorn surely has a future in the Trumpian underworld where JFK Jr is still alive and will be Trump’s running mate in 2024. Either that or he’ll be moved into a serene rest home where his delusions can’t hurt anybody. But the future of Dark MAGA is something else entirely. Will it burn out in a year or two, or settle in with other conspiracy theories like the faked moon landing and the invasion of the Lizard people? Tune in next time. Same bat(shit) channel.
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