An NBC News poll found that 52 percent of Republicans consider themselves supporters of the MAGA movement and a Monmouth poll found it’s actually 66 percent. What does that mean for politics and governance?
MAGA is an expression of resentment or grievance at our public institutions, including government, the mainstream media, business leaders, scientists and doctors. It’s unashamedly negative and emotional, an anger or even fury, which seems unconstrained by morality or shame. And it’s based on an in-group/out-group dynamic where a white in-group advocates racism, sexism, antisemitism, xenophobia and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.
Support for Donald Trump is just one of the products of this movement. Another product is support for wildly undemocratic, unconstitutional and unAmerican policies. According to a recent poll from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics
Among Trump supporters:
To be fair, there are lesser numbers of Biden supporters who agree with these unpatriotic ideas, but there exists absolutely no threat that the Democratic Party will act on any of them.
In contrast, there is a clear and present danger that Trump and other MAGA leaders will use grassroots fury to tear down our constitution-based democracy. Defeating Trump is just the most urgent priority. In the longer term, we must defeat MAGA.