Kelly J. Baker is a writer and scholar of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. She sees frightening similarities between that culture and the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Interviews like this are one of the reasons that I still subscribe to the NYT, some snippets [bolding mine]

I thought I’d start with a blunt question. Are connections between white Christianity and extremism new?

No. White Christianity and this white supremacist Trump extremism are definitely not a new combination. I’d push back a little bit about the language of extremism to say that some of this stuff has been remarkably mainstream in American history. I just think that what we’re seeing right now is a dramatic form of it.

The Klan was not as apocalyptic as some of the current folks are, you know, where they are thinking about the world ending.

But I think that there still has to be a reckoning with what churches and leaders and organizations are involved in something like the events on Jan. 6. And that’s going to require a lot of soul-searching and interrogation.

The blending of QAnon, Christianity and White Supremacy is a logical step that was fully on show on January 6th.

GOP’s senators [and very few representatives] are determined to wear masks over their eyes and hide from the real problems in their base in the name of re-election. It is not going away before the new wave of hate is fought head on, not by cowering before the leader and his rabble.

Liz Cheney is almost right on some points [ugh, goddess dammit] I don’t link to Fox News but here is a CNN analysis of her interview.

Democrats praising Cheney for her principled stands on Trump would do well to remember that she is no Democrat.

The main thing she gets wrong

“We have to make sure that we are able to convey to the American voters, we are the party of responsibility, we are the party of truth….


Prove it.

This is why I have been referring to the GOP as the Q-Qlux-Qlan.

[In French: The letter Q, which always has to be followed by U,* is usually pronounced l hard C which sound like the US K]

I also like the Q-tips but that sounds way too cuddly.

  • February 9, 2021